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The range distribution maps for the White Sweet Clover are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The White Sweet Clover is native to Europe and Asia. It was introduced into North America in the 17th century for cattle forage purposes. It is now widespread through the United States and Canada and is considered an invasive plant. Note: This species is very similar in appearance to the Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis), which has yellow flowers, and is considered by some authorities to be the same species.
This plant can grow to a height of 3-
The upper stems terminate in a long narrow spike cluster of small white flowers that tend to hang downward. The clusters are usually 2-
The photos on this page were taken in the Babcock-