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Medicago arborea - L.

Common Name Moon Trefoil
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and rocky hillsides[184].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Medicago arborea Moon Trefoil


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Medicago arborea is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[K]. This plant was supplied to Plants for a Future in early 1994 from a person in Greece who said that it was often used in salads there[K]. Young shoots, when the plant is growing vigorously, have a slightly sweet, grass-like flavour but a rather chewy texture[K]. Older leaves, and younger leaves if the plant is not growing vigorously, have a distinct bitterness and are rather unpleasant[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a warm position in full sun, succeeding in dry or well-drained moist soils[182]. Best grown against a wall[182] in the colder areas of the country[188]. Tolerant of wind and salt spray[200], it grows well in maritime gardens[184]. Plants are not hardy in the colder areas of Britain, they tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c when fully dormant[184, 200], though the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. They do not succeed in the open at Kew, though they grow well against a wall[11]. The flowers have a vanilla or sweet pea scent[245]. Any pruning should consist of cutting out dead wood in the spring[188]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in a greenhouse[200]. The seed can also be sown in a greenhouse in autumn. Germination should be quite rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[188]. Very easy if bottom heat is given[11].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Michael Meyer   Mon May 14 2007

I am looking for seeds of Medicago Arborea in the United States. I live in California and would like to grow this plant in my garden

Eloy Martinez Pulido   Sat Nov 8 2008

no esoy de acuerdo con la imagen presentada

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