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PlantFiles: Fimbriate Medick, Bur Clover
Medicago polymorpha

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Medicago (med-DIK-ah-go) (Info)
Species: polymorpha (pol-ee-MOR-fuh) (Info)


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Siirenias On Aug 22, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA wrote:

This plant has hidden merits.

When young, this plant makes a rather tasty pot herb. Pull in early Summer, before it has time to bloom (and the stems are still soft and green). Cook up like mustard greens; it has similar chemical properties. Good source of vitamins, with a light green taste...And it's free.

This plant, like many legumes, is also a nitrogen fixer. When this annual grows all over, it's also putting the nitrogen back where the garden can take advantage of it.

Negative eagle10 On Jun 20, 2009, eagle10 from Aptos, CA wrote:

This weed is difficult to eliminate. The burrs stick in my dog's coat, feet, face-hair. I am concerned that it could get inside the long ears. I am searching for a solution other than pulling because it is almost impossible to pull before it matures enough to produce the burrs.

Negative spidra On Apr 8, 2007, spidra from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my garden banes. It sprawls, blocking light from other plants. The burrs on the seeds make sure they get everywhere. It's a very successful plant. Whether that's desirable or not depends on how much you like the plant. At least it isn't as ugly as Sow Thistle is...

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 5, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Spread throughout the southwestern U.S. and tropical Americas.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Aptos, California
Berkeley, California
Oak Park, California
Austin, Texas
Clute, Texas
Houston, Texas

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