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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This plant is used as a perennial fodder crop for livestock.

    Latin Name

    Medicago sativa


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    Lucerne


    Type of Plant

    Crops
    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    July

    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Ground Cover
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Birds

    Colors


    Native Range

    South-central Asia


    History

    Washington wrote in his diary in March of 1760 that he, "Began plowing the field by the Garden for Lucern."


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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