Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

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Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Perennial
Water Preferences:Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 11
Flowers:Showy
Flower Color:Purple
Uses:Suitable for forage
Dynamic Accumulator:Nitrogen fixer
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Resistances:Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds:Self fertile
Pollinators:Self
Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous:Tolerates poor soil

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March Plants for Honey BeesMarch Plants for Honey Bees
March 13, 2012

It's March, the month spring officially arrives according to the calendar. Mother Nature might have different plans, but plants are bursting forth with renewed growth and the cool weather plants are blooming, bringing joy to everyone. Honey bees have built up their numbers and are busy taking advantage of the bountiful supply of food.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Jul 31, 2014 12:48 PM

Medicago sativa is a larval host plant for a number of butterfly species including: Northern Cloudywing Skipper, Silvery Blue, Painted Lady, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Sep 20, 2011 4:22 PM

Honey bees get nectar, pollen, and honeydew from this plant

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 27, 2013 4:57 PM

Alfalfa is commonly grown as hay to feed livestock, especially horses. It also makes a nice grazing meadow for horses. Personally, I think the blooms are pretty. Every once in a while I grow some alfalfa as an ornamental plant.

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