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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

33. Common Melilot
(Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lom.)

33. Common Melilot

On open waste ground the melilot grows to about four feet high, with a great many slender spreading branches. The leaves, on long stalks, are each divided into three small leaflets with finely toothed edges. The small yellow flowers are pea-shaped, in long racemes, and are produced abundantly in late summer. They are pollinated largely by bees. In drying, the melilot gives off a sweet smell like new-mown hay.