Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3267

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Southeast Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA, uncommon in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in roadsides, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet, purple (rarely white or varicolored)
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-toothed campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Medicago sativa ssp. sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-16-001:
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Alfalfa, Lucerne, Blue Alfalfa