Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #63 Common Restharrow

Bradlaugh Fields - Restharrow - Ononis repens

These pink and white pea-like flowers belong to the Common Restharrow, so called because the wiry plant used to tangle up in agricultural machinery, like harrows, and stop them working. It grows in open fields and grassy places and like all the Pea and Bean family it has a fertilising effect on the soil. The leaves are serrated, with glandular hairs exuding a substance that gives the plant a sticky feel.

Several moths have larvae which will feed on Common Restharrow, including Beautiful Plume, Yellow Belle and Sword-grass, as well as the Common Blue butterfly.


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