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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
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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.
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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)