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PlantFiles: White Sweet Clover
Melilotus albus

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melilotus (mel-il-LOW-tus) (Info)
Species: albus (AL-bus) (Info)

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Category:
Annuals
Biennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Farmerdill On Nov 20, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An excellent biannual for addig nitrogen. Very good forage for bees. Usuable for hay, but more woody than Yellow Sweet Clover.

Positive melody On Jun 13, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Widespread usage as pasture, hay and cover crops has allowed this lovely plant to escape into the wild. It's a polite weed that does not tend to choke out it's neighbors and bees and insects adore it.

Widly used for honey production, and useful for adding nitrogen to the soil, it is one of the good guys you see along the roadsides.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott Valley, Arizona
Palmyra, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Erie, Michigan
Berkshire, New York
Troy, Virginia



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