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Medicago Lupulina

Botanical Name:

Medicago lupulina

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How to Grow
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Annual, Herb, Weed, A ± pubescent annual or short-lived perennial, with prostrate or ascending stems up to 50 cm. long.

Lifespan

Annual, Perennial

Flower

The globe-shaped flower head is a dense cluster of 15 to 50 small flowers. Inflorescence is a 1/4" globe shaped cluster made up of 15-50 pea-like floral structures, each 1/8" across and with an upper standard and lower keel.

Fruit

The dense cluster of seeds can aggressively spread this plant's habitat. The pods are dark in color, hairy and curled. Each pod contains one seed. Hairy, kidney-shaped, slightly coiled and arranged in clusters, black when ripe, Pod 1-seeded, strongly veined, curved through 180°, ± 3 by 2 mm., sparsely pubescent, black when ripe.

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Bees

Butterflies

Pollinators

Taxonomy

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Genus

Medicago L. – alfalfa

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