White Melilot - Melilotus albus


Medium to tall plant with erect stems and sharply toothed trifoliate leaves. Flowers white, 4 to 5 mm in many flowered racemes, the standard petal longer than the wings and keel.

Photo ID?

Open land, arable fields, roadside verges and waste places.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History

Spring germinating annual.

UK Status

Fairly common in Central and southern England and Wales scarcer further north.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map