Lucerne - Medicago sativa subsp. sativa

Description

Medium to tall, hairy plant erect to spreading. Flowers blue-violet 7 to 11 mm, in rather short racemes. Pod spiralled with 1 to 3 turns, leaving a hole in the centre.

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Habitat

Waysides - and often in and around the margins of fields where the crop has been grown previously and has persisted.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History

Perennial widely cultivated as Alfalfa - Many records probably relate to remnants and escapes from previous crops.

UK Status

Most records come from Central and Southern England, scarce in North Western Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, sometimes residual from crops and persisting. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 55 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map