Common Sainfoin is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in chalky grassland and roadsides, to a mature height of up to 50cm.
Sainfoin is grown as a nutritious fodder crop, and takes its name from the French for 'healthy hay'.
Botanic classification and naming: Common Sainfoin is a member of the Pea (Fabaceae) family. The genus name
'Onobrychis' identifies the plant as a Sainfoin and its species name 'viciifolia' means 'Vetch-leaved plant'.
Benefits: Common Sainfoin has root nodules that host nitrogen-fixing bacteria. These make atmospheric nitrogen available to feed the plant and enrich the soil.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.