Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam.
Melilotus: from the Greek words meli, "honey," and lotos, a leguminous plant
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, annual/biennial, 1'-6' tall forb with many, widely-branching stems; taprooted|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" long; inflorescence of many, tall, long-stalked, clusters (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-Sept.|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites|
|Notes: ||Source of blood-thinning drug “Coumadin”|