Black Medick | Medicago lupulina

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Discover the beauty of Black Medick (Medicago lupulina) at our online wildflower nursery! With its vibrant yellow flowers and trifoliate leaves, this low-growing perennial adds a touch of elegance to any garden. Thriving in various habitats, from urban spaces to grasslands, Black Medick attracts bees, enhancing biodiversity.

Hardy and easy to grow, it adapts to different soils, making it perfect for both novice and experienced gardeners. Bring a splash of color to your landscape while supporting local pollinators. Elevate your garden with the charm of Black Medick – order now and enjoy the beauty of this versatile wildflower!


Botanical Information

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina) is a low-growing perennial herb that belongs to the legume family, Fabaceae. Recognized by its trifoliate leaves and clusters of small, bright yellow flowers, this charming plant typically reaches a height of 15 to 30 centimetres. Its compact, spreading habit adds a delightful touch to gardens and natural landscapes.


Native to Europe and Asia, Black Medick thrives in a variety of habitats, from grasslands to roadsides and disturbed areas. It exhibits adaptability to different soil types, favouring well-drained soils but tolerating occasional moisture. This versatile plant is commonly found in both urban and rural environments, contributing to its widespread distribution.

Benefits to Wildlife

Black Medick plays a crucial role in supporting wildlife, particularly pollinators. Bees are attracted to its nectar-rich flowers, contributing to the overall health and diversity of local ecosystems. Additionally, the plant serves as a host for nitrogen-fixing bacteria, enriching the soil and benefiting neighbouring plants. Its contribution to ecological balance makes Black Medick a valuable asset for gardeners aiming to create wildlife-friendly landscapes.

Conservation Status in the UK

With a stable and widespread presence, Black Medick enjoys a favourable conservation status in the United Kingdom. Its adaptability and ability to thrive in various environments contribute to its resilience. While not classified as endangered, the plant’s role in supporting pollinators and enriching soil quality aligns with broader conservation goals, emphasizing the importance of maintaining its populations.

Ease of Growing

Gardeners appreciate Black Medick for its ease of cultivation. This hardy perennial is adaptable to different soil conditions, making it suitable for a range of garden settings. Its low-maintenance nature and ability to establish itself in various environments make it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners looking to add a touch of vibrant yellow to their landscapes.

This bright clover relative stands as a versatile and beneficial addition to gardens and natural habitats. From its trifoliate leaves to its nectar-rich flowers, this perennial herb offers aesthetic appeal while supporting local wildlife and contributing to soil health. With its easy cultivation and positive ecological impact, Black Medick remains a favourite among those seeking a vibrant and low-maintenance plant for their outdoor spaces.

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Species found in the same habitat

Kidney-Vetch | Anthyllis vulneraria

Meadow Saxifrage | Saxifraga granulata

Perennial Sow Thistle | Sonchus arvensis

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Additional information

Weight 1 kg

Flowering Months

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Soil moisture

Dry, Extremely Dry


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