Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)

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Date Location Notes Images
June 5, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I recognized the pea flowers right away and went to the Fabaceae (Pea Family) key to find out the genus of this plant. Fortunately, I was able to skip over much of the Fabaceae key due to this plant having leaves with three leaflets that are toothed.
  • Leaf blades compound.
  • Leaf blades palmately compound or with 3 or fewer leaflets.
  • Plants herbaceous or sub-woody.
  • Leaves pinnately or palmately compound with 3 or fewer leaflets.
  • Leaflets toothed, at least minutely in the apical portion.
  • Stipules entire (untoothed) and 1-nerved (1 vein). [Go to Melilotus Key.]
  • Corollas yellow or white 4-7 mm long. Inflorescence 3-12 cm long.
  • Corolla yellow, 5-7 mm long.