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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

One report says that the plant is edible[1], but does not say what part of the plant is used.

Leaves

Material uses

A good soil conditioner for poor light soils[2]. The plants can be grown on the land for a number of years, the deep tap roots breaking up the sub-soil and bringing up minerals from below. Plants can be cut during the growing season but care must be taken not to cut too low because the tap root tends to rise above ground level and the plant can be killed if this is cut off[2]. The plant has an extensive root system and is useful for stabilizing soils[3][4].
There are no material uses listed for Onobrychis viciifolia.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Onobrychis viciifolia.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Soil conditioner


Earth stabiliser


Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in situ in the spring[5][4]. Seed can also be sown in situ in the autumn.

If seed is in short supply then it might be wiser to sow it in pots in a cold frame in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.

Division in the spring just before new growth commences[4]. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Cultivation

Prefers a well-drained neutral to alkaline sandy loam in full sun[5][4]. Succeeds in poor soils[2] and in shallow soils over chalk[4]. Dislikes shade. Does not succeed in wet soils[2].

A good border plant for the vegetable garden[6][1], the deep tap root helps to break up the sub-soil[2]. Plants are resistant to alfalfa stem nematodes[3] and are immune to bacterial wilt disease and attacks by the alfalfa stem weevil[3]. A good bee plant[4].

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Onobrychis viciifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Onobrychis viciifolia
Genus
Onobrychis
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1 x meters
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Riotte. L. Companion Planting for Successful Gardening. Garden Way, Vermont, USA. ISBN 0-88266-064-0 (1978-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Johnson. C. P. The Useful Plants of Great Britain. ()
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Natural Food Institute, Wonder Crops. 1987. ()
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.74.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    6. ? Philbrick H. and Gregg R. B. Companion Plants. Watkins (1979-00-00)
    7. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)

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