Alfalfa’s are categorized by their dormancy and winter hardiness. (see Alfalfa management guide in references.) The lower the number i.e. Dormancy 2, the more fall dormant and winter hardy the alfalfa is. So a Dormancy 2 works well at high altitudes and in extremely cold winters and a Dormancy 8 alfalfa is suited to warm climates and long growing seasons.
- Type: Alfalfas
- Latin Name: Medicago sativa
- Height: variable
- Sun/Shade Tolerance: 1 - Very Sunny
- Min. Precipitation: 10" - 40"
- Seeds Per Pound: 200,000
- Native/Introduced: Introduced
- Annual/Perrenial: Perennial
- Blossom Color: Purple
- Bloom Period: Summer
- Bloat: Yes
- Planting Rate: 15 - 25 lbs per acre
- Cold Hardiness: n/a
- Variety Release Sheet:
- USDA Sheet: http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/intranet/pfs.html
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