Melilotus alba

Melilotus alba

  • Melilotus alba
  • Melilotus alba
  • Melilotus alba
  • Melilotus alba
  • Flower name
    Melilotus alba
  • Scientific name
    Melilotus alba
  • AliasMelilotus alba, 白花の品川萩, コゴメハギ, スイートクローバー, honey clover
  • Place of originEurope to Asia
  • Place of floweringBotanical Gardens
  • Flowering seasonJune, July, August

What is Melilotus alba

Melilotus alba, Melilotus albus, sweet clover, honey clover, shirobana shinagawahagi (Scientific name: Melilotus alba) is native in Europe to Asia, and is a naturalized plant of annual or biennial plants belonging to the family Fabaceae. It is a kind of cocoon, and its stem is upright or obliquely branched. A white butterfly-shaped floret densely blooms in the overall inflorescence. It grows large and the seed floats in the water, so it propagates extensively through the river. The leaves consist of three green oval leaflets. The fruit that comes after the flower is the fruit. Similar to “Shinagawahagi” (Shinagawa Moth) which blooms yellow flowers in the same genus, it is cultivated for feed as green manure in the field, and the aromatic substance “coumarin” is contained in the flowers, so it is used for herbal tea and folk medicine.

Common name: Melilotus alba, Scientific name: Melilotus alba, aka: Melilotus albus, sweet clover, honey clover, shirobana shinagawahagi , place of origin: Europe-Asia, lifestyle: annual or biennial herbs, environment: fields, riverbank, plant height: 150-200 cm, leaf color: green, leaf shape: 3 out-combined leaves, Leaflet: folding needle shape, leaflet edge: serrated, leaflet back: hairy, cocoon leaf: linear, inflorescence: alternate, inflorescence shape: inflorescence shape, inflorescence length: 10 cm, small flower shape: butterfly shape, floret length: 0.5 cm, floret color: white, flowering period: June to August, fruit: legumes, fruit shape: wide oval with mesh-like depressions on the surface, Note: Naturalized plants, fragrance to flowers.


  • Eye
    Fabales
  • Family
    Fabaceae
  • Genus
    Melilotus
  • Species
    Melilotus alba
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Gross inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Butterfly shape
  • Leaf type
    3-fold compound leaf
  • Edge of the leaf
    Serrated
  • Life typeannual or biennial plant
  • Flower colorsWhite
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height150.0 ~ 200.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower1.0 ~ 1.0 cm

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