Medicago rugosa is a species botanical legume of the genus Medicago. It is native to the Mediterranean basin. It is found in grasslands and ruderal areas; at an altitude of 0-700 meters in the Center and E of the Mediterranean region ; naturalized in Australia and North America.
Glandular-pubescent annual 10-50 cm. Leaflets obovate, cuneate, dentate in the upper part; stipules lanceolate, incise-dentate. Racemes 1- to 5-flowered. Corolla 2-4 mm. Legume 6-10 mm in diameter, in a spiral of 2-3 turns, discoid, glabrescent, not spiny; transverse veins scarcely anastomosing, becoming strongly thickened towards the strong marginal vein.
This plant is useful.
How to get rid of:
If you only have a few weeds in a relatively small area, mechanical removal is often the most
desirable. This can be accomplished with sharp hoes, shovels, or hand pulling.
In gravel areas both annual and perennial weeds can be controlled with the application of a
Post-emergent meaning it controls weeds that have already
sprouted and are growing.
The most common products for this application contain Glyphosate.
In lawn areas the best weed control is a healthy lawn. Turf will out-compete most weeds and
regular mowing will remove the growing tips of the weeds. Any chemical weed control should
be practiced only on well established lawns as newly installed or seeded lawns are often injured
by weed control agents. Spot treatment with Glyphosate is effective especially in dormant
winter Bermuda lawns.