(White Sweetclover)


Melilotus albus, Paonia, Delta Co. 8534


Melilotus albus, Paonia, Delta Co. 8545

Scientific Name Melilotus albus USDA PLANTS Symbol MEAL2
Common Name White Sweetclover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 516979
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3400 to 8500 ft.); dry, sunny openings, pastures and disturbed areas.
Plant: Tall, stout, highly-branched biennial or annual, 20 to 60 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate composite leaves divided into 3 finely-toothed leaflets, each obovate to elliptic 3/8 to 1-inch long.
Inflorescence: Many small, white pea-like flowers along a slender raceme 1-1/2 to 4-3/4 inches long.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
Note: Some authorities consider M. albus to be a white-flowered version of M. officinalis.
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Melilotus officinalis

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