Calflora
Taxon  Report   5407    
Melilotus officinalis  Lam.
Yellow sweetclover
Melilotus officinalis
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Melilotus officinalis
© 2014 Robert F Norris
Melilotus officinalis
© 2010 Jean Pawek
Melilotus officinalis, a dicot, is an annual or biennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Melilotus officinalis
© 2010 Lee Dittmann
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Melilotus
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Melilotus alba
PLANTS: Melilotus albus var. annuus
PLANTS: Melilotus arvensis
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More information about  Melilotus officinalis
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (MEOF)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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