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Medicago sativa

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Hardy Naturalised Herbaceous Perennial, usually of arable land; with dense heads of deep purplish-blue pea flowers on tall, leafy stems above rich green foliage in June to July.

Height x Spread:

30 in (75 cm) x 18 in (45 cm)

Wildlife Value:

Very attractive to Butterflies and Bees; it is a food plant of the Clouded Yellow, Pale Clouded Yellow and Short tailed Blue Butterfly Caterpillars.

Other Interest:

Was widely cultivated (as Alfalfa) as a fodder crop, and also used medicinally to relieve anæmia and hæmorrhaging.