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white sweet clover and yellow sweet clover

          (Melilotus alba, M. officinalis)

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white sweet clover and yellow sweet clover (Melilotus alba, M. officinalis; BEAN FAMILY [Fabaceae]) Two very similar species of tall (1-6') annual or biennial herbs.  Stems erect or sprawling and many-branched, giving the plant a bushy appearance.  Flowers white (M. alba), or yellow (M. officinalis), in 2-4" long axillary and terminal racemes.  Blooms abundantly from early summer until fall.  Leaves alternate, compound, with 3 finely toothed leaflets.  Both species are Eurasian natives that have been widely planted as forage and soil-building crops, but have become invasive in our area.  Ubiquitous along roadsides and other disturbed sites throughout the state.  [083]

 

 

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