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Common Name: Yellow Alfalfa

Scientific Name: Medicago sativa falcata

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland
~Wildlife habitat improvement
~Disturbed soil revegitation

Height: 1-3 feet

Colors: Yellow

Flowering Season: Spring, summer and fall

Soil Types: All textures

Tolerances: Drought & fire

Sun or Shade: Full Sun

Minimum Precipitation: 10 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 15-20 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 215,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall/Spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 3/4 inches



Yellow Alfalfa is a long-lived, nitrogen-fixing legume that originates from southwestern Asia but has become naturalized in many areas of the United States. It is adapted to all soil textures, and its deep fibrous roots allow it to establish on poor soils. Unlike regular alfalfa, Yellow Alfalfa has yellow flowers but readily hybridizes with regular alfalfa.

This plant is very productive and provides palatable, nutritious forage for both livestock and wildlife. It is drought and cold-tolerant, with low to medium moisture requirements. It is easily established and fire-tolerant. Yellow Alfalfa is valuable for pasture and rangeland plantings, wildlife habitat improvement, and revitalizing disturbed soil. It may even compete and persist on drier sites better than regular alfalfa. Overall, Yellow Alfalfa is an excellent choice for those seeking a productive, versatile, and resilient forage species.



NRCS Plant Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

Yellow Alfalfa


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