Crescent alfalfa (Medicago falcata L.)

Sickle alfalfa is a perennial herbaceous plant of the legume family (Fabaceae).


A perennial plant with a spindle-shaped rhizome, with numerous ascending elevated (up to 80 cm) stems (sometimes recumbent), rather densely dressed trifoliate leaves. Flowers 20-30 in a capitate raceme, small, lemon-yellow, arranged according to the same plan as hop lucerne (and most legumes); semilunar beans (sickle-shaped), flattened. Alfalfa blooms all summer. Crescent alfalfa grows on slopes, upland meadows, along railways, in wastelands.

Contains active substances:

Alfalfa crescent contains saponins, traces of alkaloids.

Medicinal use:

An aqueous decoction of the whole plant is drunk for nervous disorders.

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