Saskatchewan field in August, Alfalfa Medicago sativa

Our new home includes prairies, foothills, mountains . . . Identifying plants is one way we become more familiar with our surroundings . . . We took this on a road trip through the prairie provinces. Some plants can be part of two or more of these groups: road side plants, medicinal plants, invasive species, native plants, introduced plants, wildflowers and weeds.


I've just joined a new group for Wildflowers of North America with quite a few rules:

Each flower posted must have the following tags:

___* wfgna – this is a literal to signify the group

___* Common Name: Alfalfa, Lucerne – Of course each species has many local and common names. Please include at least the one you know it by.

___* Binomial Name: Medicago sativa - Genus species

___* Genus Name separately: Genus: Medicago


___* flower color(s) – blue-violet to purple. Primary color and any variations from this list: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, red, pink or white. When questionable or in doubt, add all applicable colors.

___* flower shape(s) – short spikes Primary shape of the flower from the following list: 2petals, 3petals, 4petals, 5petals, 6petals, manypetals, longcluster, roundcluster or oddshaped


Additionally, it will be helpful in the future to also tag:

___* Family Name: leguminosae - the taxonomic family (usually ending in "aceae.") Fabaceae alt. Leguminosae

___* State or Province - Where the flowers was located, such as "North Carolina" or "Northwest Territories" be sure to put multiple word places in quotes.

___* GeoTags - Latitude and Longitude information, see Geotagging.

  • George Dixon 8y

    Nice color.
  • Barbara L. Slavin 8y

    Great photo, great tagging and great tagging discussion.
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  • egle_k. 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Medicinal, Aromatic and Wild Edible Plants, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
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Taken on August 20, 2007
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