Belongs to: pea family

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

© Tony Gunton

© Owen Keen