|Scientific Name||Melilotus albus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MEAL2|
|Common Name||White Sweetclover||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||516979|
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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