White Sweet Clover

$3.95
  • One of the most widely distributed legumes in the world
  • Important pasture legume
  • Highly palatable, nutritious forage for all classes of livestock
  • Commonly planted with orchardgrass, ryegrass, or tall fescue

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


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Description

White Sweet Clover (melilotus alba)is a biennial legume that originated in Europe and is widely distributed. It is excellent for honey production and provides good forage for livestock. It occurs in almost eery state the USA. Habitats include limestone glades, thinly wooded bluffs, prairies, weedy meadows, old fields, vacant lots, areas along railroads and roadsides, and waste areas. This species can invade prairies and other natural habitats. It has been described as having a “lanky” appearance.

White Sweet Clover thrives prefers full sun. It is best adapted to clay and heavy soils that range from slightly moist to dry. It grows successfully on sandy soils with a high water table or irrigated droughty soils when adequately fertilized. Plant size will vary considerable with the moisture and fertility of the soil. The roots fix nitrogen.

Solid stands of white clover form a good erosion controlling cover on moist fertile soils, but stands may be sparse or spotty on dry sites. The proper time of seeding is determined by seasonal and moisture conditions. This may vary from April to May. Late summer and fall seedings should be conducted while adequate moisture is still in the soil to assure establishment before freezing. Seed may remain in the soil and be viable for decades.

This species is very similar in appearance to Melilotus officinalis (Yellow Sweet Clover). This species has a tendency to bloom about 2-4 weeks later than Yellow Sweet Clover, and its foliage is more greyish green, rather than plain green. The seedpods of White Sweet Clover lack transverse wrinkles, which are occasionally present in the seedpods of Yellow Sweet Clover.

This product is an excellent source of food and nectar for honey bees. See our Honey Bee Flower Mix for additional pollinator options.

Additional information
Weight1 lbs
Seed Count

850000

Sowing Rate

2-6 PLS lbs. per Acre

Min. Precipitation

18-25 Inches

Root Form

Bunchgrass

Zone Map

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