Common Name: Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Clover, Yellow Meililot
Scientific Name: Melilotus officinalis
Location: Utah Lake Field Station
Despite being an invasive species from Eurasia, Sweetclover has become naturalized throughout much of the world. Mule deer, antelope, sage grouse, quail, and other animals will all happily forage on sweetclover or their seeds. It was considered a weed in North America until the early 1900’s when its value as a range and pasture plant was realized. It has been used extensively for rangeland seedings, soil stabilization, and reclamation projects as well as for pasture. Despite this, it has been viewed once more as a weedy species by many land managers due to its ability to establish in disturbed areas and out compete with native species.