Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Alfalfa Flowers by the Roadside

Walk along a Saskatchewan grid road in June and July, and you may pass masses of blue and purple Alfalfa flowers. 

Introduced as a forage crop, Alfalfa has become a common prairie wildflower — one that I saw attracting butterflies and dragonflies. The flowers range from about a quarter of an inch to half an inch long, and are typically legume-shaped. 

Stop and look closely: the intricate details multiply, deeper and deeper into each cluster. 

Alfalfa flower cluster   © SB 

Prairie Wildflower: Alfalfa (Medigo sativa)
Location: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: July 5, 2014. 


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