Plant A Day – Yellow Sweetclover

Yellow Sweetclover Melilotus officinalis

Yellow Sweetclover
Melilotus officinalis

Yellow Sweetclover is a very common hardy plant of roadsides and “waste” places.  What exactly is a “waste” place?

This is one of those plants that was planted widely by agriculturalists to improve the land, but then became a problem.  It has been very successful and can be found just about anywhere in the U.S.

It comes in white or yellow.  Sometimes they are considered separate species, but for today we’ll just call it one.

The white version

The white version

Closeup of flowers

Closeup of flowers

Closeup of white flowers

Closeup of white flowers

Tri-lobed leaf

Tri-lobed leaf

Yellow Sweetclover is sometimes white

Yellow Sweetclover is sometimes white

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