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Common Restharrow

Ononis repens

Also known as

Creeping Restharrow, Cammock, Fin, Ground Furze, Land Whin, Petty Whin, Stay-Plough

Ononis repens by Fabelfroh (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Common Restharrow

A pink flower on a Ononis repens plant
A close up of a flower
A close up of a green Ononis repens plant leaf

Common Restharrow Overview

Ononis repens is a woody perennial plant from the Fabaceae family. Commonly known by the names Common Restharrow, Creeping Restharrow and Restharrow, amongst others. Common Restharrow produces pretty pea-like, pink flowers in the summer, typically growing to around 60cm tall. It spreads through underground rhizomes and has a low-growing, spreading habit. Many species in this genus are known by the common name Restharrows, some are considered weeds. They are found growing naturally across Europe. Ononis repens produces hairy foliage and oval-shaped leaves with toothed margins. It may produce soft spines, but these are not significant compared to the related species Ononis spinosa.

How to propagate Common Restharrow

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Common Restharrow

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Common Restharrow

Wildflower/meadow