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White Melilot

Melilotus albus

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
White spikes of pea-like flowers.
Fruit:
1 to 2 seeded pod. Dark brown, wrinkled, hairless, up to 5mm long.
Leaves:
Pinnate leaves with 3 leaflets. The stalked leaflets have serrated margins.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and seedpods can both be cooked and eaten. Flowers and young shoots can be eaten raw or cooked. The seeds can be used as a seasoning.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Smells sweet when in flower.
Other Names:
Bokhara Clover, Honey Clover, White Sweet Clover.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, meadows, riversides, sand dunes, wasteland.