Gunnison County Forage Plants: Clovers & Other Legumes


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alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Though valued for its use in hay production, alfalfa is increasingly considered by many to be invasive. Commonly grown in mixed-grass stands in pastures, it is known to have bloating effects in livestock and so should be grazed with caution.


Medicago sativa

Growth Habit: Tap root
Season of Use: All
Salt Tolerance: Fair
Seeding Vigor: Excellent
Longevity: Long
Recovery Rate: Rapid
Wet Tolerance: Poor
Drought Tolerance: Good
Yield Potential: High
Winter Hardiness: Excellent
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