Sweet Yellow Clover
Melilotus officinalis* / Pea Family
(INN) Rank 2
Height: 3' to 6'
Like most of the other clovers, bees love this flower as a nectar source. Deer and rabbits like to munch the young leaves. Fermented plants produce dicoumarol, the chemical used in rat poison, an anticoagulant which causes hemorrhaging. Sheep, cattle, and horses are also affected by the toxins. These were photographed in Oak Ridge in May.
Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread