Missouri Wildflower Guide


Crowds of bees are giddy with clover
     Crowds of grasshoppers skip at our feet,
Crowds of larks at their matins hang over,
     Thanking the Lord for a life so sweet.

 

From "Divided" by Jean Ingelow

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Sweet Clover

Tall and straggly, White Sweet Clover is not especially attractive, but it has a subtle, sweet scent while blooming. It is much branched, with a loose, open growth habit, swaying easily in the breeze.

 

A favorite of bees and other insects, it is sometimes planted near domestic hives for honey production, and is also used as a hay and pasture crop or as green manure, enriching the soil due to its nitrogen-fixing properties. It is also of value for game birds, which eat its seeds.

 

Very drought resistant, it has escaped from domestic uses to become a common roadside weed.

 

Its genus name is from meli, a Greek word that means "honey".

 

It is almost identical to Yellow Sweet Clover except for the flower color, and it blooms about two weeks later.

 

  • Bloom Time

    May-Oct

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 6 feet