Restharrow Ononis repens


Best time to see: Jul to mid Sep

Key facts

A shrubby plant of dry grassland with spikes of pink pea-flowers

Trefoil leaves; hairy stems with soft spines; spiny restharrow is more erect with longer spines

So called because its tough underground stems stopped the harrow of ploughs drawn by animals

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