Black Medic

    Medicago lupulina

    Black Medic

    Black medic (Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University,

    Black Medic

    Black medic leaves and flowers (Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia,

    Black Medic

    Black medic growth habit (Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental,


    • low, spreading habit; looks similar to other clover-like plants
    • leaves have three small oval leaflets that are finely toothed on the edge
    • yellow flowers in small rounded bunches


    • landscape, lawn and open spaces

    Life Cycle

    • annual or short-lived perennial
    • flowers appear April through September

    IPM Recommendations

    • Hand-pull plants in planting beds prior to seed maturation.
    • In severe infestations, apply an appropriate pre-emergent herbicide prior to seed germination in spring or an appropriate post-emergent herbicide to target weeds in fall.