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A picture of a Spiny Restharrow

Spiny Restharrow

Ononis spinosa

Also known as

Restharrow

Ononis spinosa-IMG 4816 by C T Johansson (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Spiny Restharrow

A close up of a flowering Ononis spinosa plant
A pink flower on a Ononis spinosa plant

Spiny Restharrow Overview

Ononis spinosa is a bushy perennial plant from the Fabaceae family. Commonly known by the names Spiny Restharrow or Restharrow. Spiny Restharrow produces pretty pea-like, pink and white flowers in the summer, typically growing to around 45cm tall. It spreads through underground rhizomes. Ononis spinosa produces hairy foliage with hard spines and oval-shaped leaves with toothed margins. Many species in this genus are also known by the common name Restharrows, some are considered weeds. They are found growing naturally across Europe.

How to propagate Spiny Restharrow

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Spiny Restharrow

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Spiny Restharrow

Grown for their pea-like flowers. It is good for rock gardens, walls and banks.