Tall Melilot - Melilotus altissimus

Alt Name
Yellow Medick and as Golden Melilot.

Medium to tall hairless plant to 1.5 metres, stems erect and branched. Leaves oblong, sharply toothed, stipules slender, untoothed. Flowers yellow, 5 to 7 mm long, in many-flowered racemes, the wings equalling the keel. Pod oval, 5 to 6 mm, hairy and net veined, black when ripe with a persistent style.

Similar Species

Similar to Ribbed Melilot. The main difference is that Tall Melilot has black, hairy seed pods, whereas the seed pods of Ribbed Melilot are olive-green and hairless.

Photo ID?

Damp habitats, woodland margins, roadsides.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Biennial or short lived perennial.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in England south of the Tyne, scarcer in the south west of England, Wales and Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 93 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map