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)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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


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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

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) 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.


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.


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...


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

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