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Common Restharrow

Ononis repens

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pink pea-like flowers borne in leafy spikes.
Fruit:
A linear seed pod (legume) containing 1 to 3 seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves are stalked and alternately arranged along the stems. They are compound leaves with 1 to 3 serrated, round to elliptical leaflets. The terminal leaflet is stalked. Large stipules are present at the bases of the leaves.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and roots can be eaten, raw or cooked. The roots make a good licorice substitute.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flowers are not scented but the hairs on the leaves give out a resinous smell when bruised or damaged.
Other Names:
Cammock, Land Whin, Petty Whin, Wild Liquorice, Wild Liquorice Root.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, saltmarshes, sand dunes, scrub, seaside, wasteland.