|Scientific Name||Melilotus officinalis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MEOF|
|Common Name||Yellow Sweetclover||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||26150|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9000 ft.); dry, sunny openings in fields, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Tall, fragrant, highly-branched biennial, 1-1/2 to 6 feet tall.
Leaves: Alternate composite leaves divided into 3 finely-toothed leaflets, each obovate, ovate to elliptic 3/8 to 1-inch long.
Inflorescence: Many small, yellow pea-like flowers along a slender, arching raceme 1-1/2 to 4-3/4 inches long.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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