Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for White Sweetclover - Melilotus albus   Medikus
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DistributionThroughout the state, but scarce in the Sandhills and inner Coastal Plain.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. widespread.
AbundanceFrequent to common, except rare in the Sandhills and inner Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, railroad margins, powerlines, fields, meadows, fallow cropfields, waste places.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-September.
IdentificationWhite Sweetclover grows 1-4 feet tall, the leaves divided into 3 narrow leaflets. The flowers occur in narrow, rather dense, spike-like racemes, and are white. Our other sweetclovers have yellow flowers.
Taxonomic CommentsSometimes spelled "alba".

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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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