Thursday, June 21, 2012


  • Melilotus, known as Melilot or Sweet-clover, is a genus in the family Fabaceae. Members are known as common grassland plants and as weeds of cultivated ground. Originally from Europe and Asia, it is now found worldwide.
  • Sweet clover flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. It has been used to improve forage production for livestock on low forage value sites.
  • Melilotus species possess characteristics such as 1) colonize disturbed areas, 2) produce a large number of seeds, 3) produce extensive root systems and 4) fix nitrogen for their immediate use.
  • Melilotus is often used as a green manure and turned into the soil to increase its nitrogen and organic matter content. It is especially valuable in heavy soils because of its deep rooting. 

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