|Ononis subsp. var.|
Ononis is a large genus of perennial herbs and shrubs from the legume family Fabaceae. The members of this genus are often called restharrows as some species are arable weeds whose tough stems would stop the harrow. They are natively distributed in Europe.
In herbalism restharrow is used to treat bladder and kidney problems and water retention.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Ononis (old Greek name). Leguminosae. Rest- Harrow. Good plants for borders and rock-gardens, with clover-like leaves.
Annual, biennial or perennial, often shrubby; glabrous or villous: Lvs. usually pinnately foliolate, the stipules attached to the petiole: fls. papilionaceous, yellow, purple, pink or rarely white, solitary, 2-3 in the axils or in peduncled racemes; calyx bell-shaped, 5-parted, deeply cut, narrow; standard large, striped; stamens united in a tube, the members sometimes partly free: pod usually swollen, few-seeded.—Some 70 species, Canaries, Medit. region, to Cent, and N. Eu. A few of the perennial species are more or less in cult. They thrive under usual treatment; prop, by division and by seeds. Sometimes the Lvs. are 1-foliolate.
Pests and diseases
- O. alopecuroides, Foxtail Restharrow
- O. arvensis, Field Restharrow
- O. natrix, Large Yellow Restharrow
- O. pusilla
- O. reclinata, Small Restharrow
- O. repens, Common Restharrow
- O. rotundifolia
- O. speciosa
- O. spinosa, Spiny Restharrow
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963