Onobrychis viciifolia (Sainfoin)

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Plant Overview

A British native meadow wildflower which is one of the best nectar and pollen providers for Short and Long-tongued Bumblebees, Honeybees and Solitary Bees. The nectar is secreted exceptionally freely and is considered one of the highest yielding forage plants.

This perennial legume has pinky-red flowers from May to September. Grow in a wildflower meadow or wildlife area or in a bed or border in any free-draining soil.

Extremely drought tolerant and will grow in fertile or very poor soil.

Until Victorian times this plant was a valued forage crop for grazing animals. Highly prized by bee keepers now.

Height and Spread: 75cm x 45cm (but typically sprawls and grows through and among other foliage unless supported)

Common names: Common Sainfoin;  Single-cut Sainfoin.








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