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Medicago sativa

Lucerne

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Growth HabitGrass-like
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourMid yellow green spotted red

Description

Medicago sativa (Lucerne). The roots of this plant are turn nitrogen from the air into nitrates for the soil and this acts as a natural fertilizer. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Alfalfa

Origin

Europe W. Asia

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Low salinity, Poor quality
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are easily grown in full sun in any well-drained soil. The will need occasional watering in the summer. If using as a green manure, do not allow to flower.

Propagation

Broadcast the seeds in the spring where you want them to grow.

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