Saturday, March 17, 2012

Yellow Sweet-Clover

Hills and roadsides in south-western Saskatchewan were carpeted with yellow sweet-clover last July. The lush growth, many said, was the result of heavy spring rains.

Sweet-clover is not a native prairie wildflower, but it has adapted well to ditches and other rough ground. And yes, this clover has a soft, sweet scent — no surprise that it's a source of nectar for honey.

Because of its abundance, I associate it with Grasslands National Park and the area around Val Marie. I wonder, Will it be so lush when I return?

Yellow Sweet-Clover above a valley near Val Marie © SB

Yellow Sweet-Clover (right) in Grasslands National Park
(there's also red clover, bottom left) 
© SB 

Close-up of Yellow Sweet-Clover flowers © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Yellow Sweet-Clover  
Location: Grasslands National Park and around Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: July 25, 26 and 30, 2011.  

Source: Vance, Jowsey


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