Melilotus alba

Common Name: 
white sweet clover, melilot
Scientific Name: 
Melilotus alba Medicus
Family Name: 
Fabaceae (Leguminosae) - Pea or Bean Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle
introduced annual or biennial, reproducing by seed
upright very tall, smooth, sometimes pubescent above, widely branched
Growth Habit of White Sweetclover
alternate, compound, 3 leaflets, finely pubescent; leaflets oblong (oblanceolate), center leaflet on stalked, lateral leaflet on petiole, margins fine toothed
white; racemes, terminal and axillary
Flowers of White Sweetclover
Flowers of White Sweetclover
Seed Pods
very small, 1 to 2-seeded, black to dark grey, smooth or slightly net veined
considered to be the same as yellow sweetclover