Melilotus officinalis

(Yellow Sweetclover)


Melilotus officinalis, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9058


Melilotus officinalis, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 2802

Scientific Name Melilotus officinalis USDA PLANTS Symbol MEOF
Common Name Yellow Sweetclover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26150
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description 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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