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Best in One-Cut Management Conditions


Spyder is an improved variety selected for its strong dormancy, excellent winterhardiness and improved disease resitance with the creeping rooted trait. It is a synthetic variety developed from a cross of a spreading-type alfalfa onto an elite yielding variety. Yield potential is consistently better than most creeping rooted varieties on the market and it also demonstrates a maturity with slightly quicker regrowth.






Hay & Pasture

Root Habit

Creeping root

Plant Type


Preferred Growing Conditions

Drier regions

Production Period

Spring - Fall

Key Features

  • Excellent winterhardiness
  • Creeping-rooted type
  • Good regrowth


  • Bloat hazard
  • Needs good drainage

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