Clover – White Sweet

Melilotus alba

Family Pea or Bean (Fabaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer, fall
Habitat Fields, roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Annual or biennial
Height 3-6′
Flower Flowers form long spike clusters 8″ long of pea-like white flowers 1/4″ wide. Each grows on a short stalk.
Leaf Leaves are divided into 3 narrow, toothed, lance-shaped leaflets 0.5-1.0″ long.
Notes This plant was introduced from Europe and was once grown as a forage crop. It has a very fragrant flower that smells like vanilla when the leaves are crushed. Seeds lie dormant for decades until the soil is disturbed and the seeds come to within 7″ of the surface.

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