10 responses to “Medicago sativa”

  1. Dan Post

    You might be interested in this story on the alkali bee pollinators for alfalfa: https://www.nwpb.org/2018/06/29/native-bees-and-alfalfa-seed-farmers-a-northwest-love-story/

  2. Peggy Menzie

    Alfalfa is also drought tolerant. 😊

  3. Richard Windsor

    Though I’ve never seen seedpods on lucerne (alfalfa to the rest of the world) in Australia, despite the lack of highly efficient pollinators, it is one of the most widely distributed exotics in this country. It also exhibits a great deal of variability. One relatively prostrate type has been promoted widely as “Cancreep” and it has the capacity to root at nodes, forming a mat.

  4. Michael Amam

    I grew up on a dairy, and early on I fell in love with the scent of alfalfa. My summer is not complete unless I stop by a field and pluck off a few flower heads to smell.

  5. Karen Shuster

    Aha. So when I see Lucerne dairy products now I know that the brand name refers to alfalfa and not Switzerland.

  6. Therese Romer

    Lovely picture, as always — thank you Daniel. We seldom stop to look at these small, delicate flowers, to admire their many hues. Here, in the southern part of Montreal island, when lawn is allowed to grow into a wildflower meadow, alfalfa is one of the many naturalized forbs that delight they eye — and now we’re told, the nose.

  7. Cheryl

    An irresponsible monster upstream has diverted an entire perennial stream to water his alfalfa. Wildlife are suffering – a bull moose in velvet drained my bird bath dry yesterday, very abnormal; and trees along the creek are dead (alders) or turning yellow and dropping their leaves (poplars/cottonwoods). The monster can drain this creek, which has hosted cutthroat trout in previous years, because our wretched water company has contracted with him to allow it – a ghastly example of twisted water use in the west, horrid water rights law, and ignorant cruel behavior. Additionally, our neighborhood and all customers of the same water company are restricted from any landscape watering – shortages that have arisen only after their cooperation with developers to build hundreds of bloated houses here in the dry foothills of the Wasatch mountains. Alfalfa to feed cattle in the west is pointless and utterly wasteful. There is also the possibility that the stream killer will profit from selling his ill-gotten crop to China to feed their lust for meat. I am no admirer of alfalfa culture.

  8. Susan Gustavson

    It has it’s place in the right circumstances, but as a desert irrigated crop it’s a negative. Particularly just to be shipped off to China. this is happening in California’s Imperial Valley while San Diego runs out of water.

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