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Medicago sativa

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Other common names: Lucerne

French names: Luzerne cultivée

Family: Legume Family (Fabaceae)

Group: Clovers

Flowers: Summer;  Blue/Violet;  Irregular flowers

Leaves: Alternate, Compound

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 60   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: sativa: sown

Photographs: 27 photographs available, of which 4 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) flowers and leaves

Alfalfa flowers and leaves.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) flowers


Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) plant

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) plant

An Alfalfa plant in its typical habitat, a field.

Range map for Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)