White Sweetclover
Melilotus alba

Also known as: Hubam

Summer annual legume


Plant Highlights

Cultural Traits


Seeding Method

Seed Cost: .70 $/lb

Seed Availability: Readily available


Cultivars commonly recommended by the Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service include: 'Hubam'.


with small grains

Soil Improvements

Pest Control

Management Attributes



Uses in the Pacific Region

No information is available in this database on this topic.

Uses in Hawai`i

The Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Guide includes Sweet Clover (cv. 'Hubam'). Their specification describes Sweet Clover as follows:

For More Information

UC Davis On-line Cover Crop Index

Using clovers as living mulches to boost yields, suppress pests, and augment spiders in a broccoli agroecosystem by Cerruti Hooks, Raju Pandey, Marshall Johnson


1998. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd ed. Sustainable Agriculture Network, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, USA. pp. 212.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hawai`i Field Office Technical Guide, Section IV, Code 340 "Cover and Green Manure Crop" May 1992. Pacific Islands Area Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) - East Area

Text last updated on 8/10/2007.

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These webpages were originally generated under a grant program from Western SARE entitled "Covering New Ground: Tropical Cover Crops for Improving Soil Quality" EW98-012 (1998-2002).