Medicago sativa
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Medicago sativa


  family leguminosae 
  genus medicago 

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Genus  Medicago Species  sativa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  alfalfa Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S5903 Data source  Allergy p281;BtrflyCa p21;BtrflyCa p75;BtrflyCa p121;BtrflyCa p135;BtrflyCa p191;MedPl p232;Frgnt p2
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Grass Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Medicago sativa is a host plant for the orange sulphur butterfly as well as the painted lady butterfly and the silvery blue butterfly and the gray hairstreak butterfly and the Thorybes pylades (northern. Alfalfa has flowers that are mildly fruity.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Colia eurytheme (orange sulphur butterfly);Vanessa cardui (painted lady butterfly);Glaucopsyche lygdamus (silvery blue butterfly);Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak butterfly);Thorybes pylades (northern Attracts butterflies  yes Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  May 01 - Oct 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  estrogenic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Sprouts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  %s is edible. Alfalfa may have beneficial uses as an estrogenic. The aerial parts and the sprouts are used in herbal preparations. Although this plant is freely wind-pollinated, it shouldn't pose too much difficulty to the hay fever susceptible. This plant's 6 month extended hay fever season continues from May through October.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  delicious fragrance Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Fruity Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Medicago sativa is a wildflower and may have originated from Chile.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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