Found often in disturbed, waste areas, open prairies, and old fields. Sweet clover is another relic from farms past. Used for its qualities to fix nitrogen in the soil and as a pasture food for grazers.
The yellow variety (Melilotus officinalis) behaves in much the same manner but has an earlier bloom time and the seeds differ slightly.
Both of these have been introduced from Eurasia and have become weedy and invasive in many areas.
Seeds can remain dormant for many decades waiting for soil to be disturbed.
Leaves and flowers are lightly fragrant.
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