White Sweetclover

       

White Sweetclover (Melilotus alba) Pea family

A biennial legume. In the first season of growth, sweetclover produces vegetative shoots which may reach 12 inches. In its second season of growth, plants can grow up to 6 feet.Upright growth habit. Intolerant of shade. White and yellow sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis) are very similar, differing primarily in flower color.Leaves toothed and compound with three leaflets.

Sweetclover has been shown to negatively impact native vegetation in river habitats.

Very common in the Fairbanks area. Rapidly colonizes open waste areas and quickly spreads along riparian areas and riverbanks.

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U.S. Forest Service Partners for Fish & Wildlife National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tanana Valley Farmers Market UAF Cooperative Extension Service