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Ononis repens

Rest harrow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 0.7m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.85m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPink, purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Ononis repens (Rest harrow). This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Low-growing or angled upwards, woody, rooting below ROOT: Creeping underground stem. HAIRS: Long or short and sticky, hairy all round stems. STIPULES: Present, toothed, bases clasp stem. LEAF-STALK: 0.3-0.5cm, shorter than leaf. BRACTS: Leaf-like. FLOWER STALK: Much shorter than flower. SEPALS: 5, bases joined, teeth equal, longer than tube, enlarged in fruit. PETALS: 5, lowest pair joined, side pair overlap lower, upper largest, broad. STAMENS: 10, bases joined. STIGMA: 1, style long, hairless. OVARY: 1, 1-celled. SEEDS: 1-4, globular, rough.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium

Propagation

Seed in autumn or spring, shrubs also by softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider may be problematic under glass.

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