Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia


    Flowers pink with purple veins 10 to 14 mm in long stalked axillary racemes. Leaves pinnate with 13 - 29 pairs of oblong leaflets.  Often introduced in wildflower seed, and there is a wide range of variation in habit, leaflet and corolla shape.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Many pairs of leaflets, pink to purple flowers in racemes

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the whole plant in its habitat, showing leaves as well as flowers


    Grassland, short turf, bare ground.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local in the south of England and in Wales, quite rare elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien; disturbed ground; rare

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