Clover – Yellow Sweet

Melilotus officinalis

Family Pea or Bean (Fabaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer, fall
Habitat Fields, meadows, roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Annual or biennial
Height 3-6′
Flower Spike clusters 8″ long of yellow irregular flowers
Leaf Each leaf divides into 3 narrow, toothed, lance-shaped leaflets about 1″ long.
Notes The plant was introduced from Europe as a hay crop. It is very fragrant and smells like vanilla when leaves or flowers are crushed. It is very similar to white sweet clover except for the color of the flower.


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