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PlantFiles: Yellow Sweet Clover, Ribbed Melilot
Melilotus officinalis

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melilotus (mel-il-LOW-tus) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)

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Category:
Annuals
Biennials

Height:
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)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Blue-Green

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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Profile:

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral frostweed On Dec 27, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Yellow Sweet Clover Melilotus officinalis is naturalized in Texas ans other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.

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

In my youth this was a popular hay crop. Great nitrogen fixer, and if mowed early an excellent hay. When blooming it is very attractive to bees. The major source of clover honey. It is much better as a hay crop than white sweet clover.

Positive melody On Jun 3, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Found throughout much of North America, Yellow Sweet Clover is actually a native of Eurasia. It blooms with yellow spike-like stalks from late Spring to early Fall.

Common in waste places, fields and along roadsides, it is a favorite plant of bees and butterflies. The leaves and flowers have a very pleasant vanilla like fragrance and it makes a wonderful honey. They can actually be used as flavoring if you so wish.

Regional...

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

Flagstaff, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Boulder, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Benton, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Erie, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Belfield, North Dakota
Glouster, Ohio
Arlington, Texas
Troy, Virginia



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