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Melilotus officinalis

Melilotus officinalis
yellow sweet clover
Melilotus officinalis

Common name yellow sweet clover
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial?
Flowers yellow or white (late spring-summer)
Size 2-5'

All of a sudden one day in May, I noticed that a large terracotta pot that we keep in our side garden for displaying annuals was sporting a nice crop of a plant previously unknown to me. After unsuccessfully racking my brain for hints what I may have planted there last year, I had to resort to asking for an online identification. Turns out it's a wildflower, most likely delivered to us by a bird. Interesting precision placement! The bluish-green foliage is attractive, as are its spikes of yellow flowers (arriving by late May in our garden). I'll keep it around to observe the rest of its seasonal life cycle, but we probably won't make it a permanent resident in our garden.
Found in both our Pennsylvania and Texas gardens (blooming by late March in the latter).

This is a weed in our garden

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