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Plant Species of the genus Medicago

Information about this genus
Name: Medicago
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Shrubby species will grow in any reasonably fertile well-drained soil. They should be planted in full sun and in cooler areas need the protection of a warm wall. They are attractive ornamentals and, with their deep rooting systems, are also useful for soil stabilization. Propagation is from seed, or from softwood or half-hardened cuttings taken in summer.
Description: This genus of about 56 species of annuals, perennials and shrubs is a member of the legume family and includes the important fodder crop Medicago sativa (lucerne, or alfalfa). Species are found over a range of habitats in Europe, Africa and Asia. Growth habits vary considerably but all have clover-like leaves and some species have slightly downy foliage and stems. The flowers are usually yellow and the seed pods that follow are curved or twisted and often spiny.

Specie Vernacular Zone
apiculata
arabica spotted medick
denticulata
falcata
hispida
hybrida hybrid alfalfa
lupulina black medick
maculata
Medicago arborea 8?10
minima burr medick
monspeliaca hairy medick
orbicularis blackdisk medick
polycarpa
polymorpha burclover
sativa alfalfa
varia



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