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.

    Identification difficulty

    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

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map