Little Burr Medic: Devine

DEVINE LITTLE BURR MEDIC is a prostrate-growing winter annual legume that is adapted to central Texas from about I-20 on the north to south of San Antonio. The plant was originally collected from a pasture near Devine, TX. It has performed well along both sides of I-35 on high pH soils. It has greater winter hardiness than Armadillo burr medic. As the common name implies, the plant is smaller than most other annual medic species. However, it can produce a deceptive amount of forage, as the canopy is dense. This winter annual legume germinates in the autumn, and grows through the winter with flowering starting in February or early March. The flowering habit is indeterminate with flowering continuing until just before the plant matures and dies in May. Devine seldom exceeds 8 to 10 inches in height. Flowers are yellow, developing into multi-seeded coiled pods with long soft spines. Pods form in clusters of 2 to 5 pods per cluster. Pods drop from the plant when mature. Devine has about 500,000 seed per pound and the natural hard seed content is near 100%. The pods have longer and softer spines, and each pod is much lighter in weight than Armadillo burr medic. The forage of Devine little burr medic is relished by white tailed deer as well as domestic livestock. It will produce a good seed crop even under heavy grazing. Devine is under exclusive license and is protected under a trademark issued by the U.S. Patents and Trademark office.

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