Vernal Alfalfa Seeds

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Vernal Alfalfa can be planted as a cover crop and will attract wildlife to the area. It is extremely drought-tolerant. Perennial. (Medicago sativa)
Zones 3 - 9
Bee Friendly
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Soil Enhancer
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 15-36" tall
Bloom TimeLate spring

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
A long time industry standard, Vernal Alfalfa was introduced by the University of Wisconsin in the 1950s as an outstanding winter hardy alfalfa for northern climates. A cool season grower, it produces the most growth in spring and fall. Vernal Alfalfa prefers full sun, is deep-rooted and is very drought-tolerant. It prefers sandy to loamy soils, but will tolerate most well-drained soils if the pH is between 6.4-7.5. It blooms with charming purple flowers in late spring.
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Associated SKUsAM016072
AM012391 (1 Pound)
AM012392 (25 Pounds)
AM012393 (5 Pounds)
AM012394 (50 Pounds)
Botanical Name
Medicago sativa
Common Name
Vernal Alfalfa
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle
Bloom Time
Late spring
Flower Color
Mature Height
15-36" tall
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Seeds Per Pound
1 lb covers 2,420 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 12,100 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 1.25 acres
50 lbs covers 2.75 acres
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Eurasia, Iran
Bee Friendly, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Soil Enhancer
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Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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