Spiny Restharrow | Ononis spinosa

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Spiny Restharrow (Ononis spinosa) is a resilient beauty for your garden! With spiky stems and vivid pink to purple pea-like flowers, this hardy perennial thrives in sunny, well-drained spots. Perfect for low-maintenance landscapes, it attracts pollinators, making it a delightful addition to any wildflower haven.


Botanical Information: Spiny Restharrow

Spiny Restharrow (Ononis spinosa) is a tough, low-maintenance perennial herb that belongs to the pea family. Standing at a modest height of 30 to 60 centimeters, this plant sports spiky stems and vibrant pink to purple flowers that resemble peas. The leaves are arranged in a feather-like pattern, giving the plant a distinctive appearance. The spines along the stems act as a natural defense mechanism against hungry critters, earning the plant its unique name.


Spiny Restharrow is quite the adaptable character, making its home in various nooks and crannies across Europe. You’ll find it happily growing in dry grasslands, heathlands, and even near the coast. It’s not too picky about soil types, thriving in well-drained areas with sandy or chalky soils. This plant’s easygoing nature allows it to flourish in places where other plants might struggle.

Benefits to Wildlife

This unassuming herb is a hidden gem for wildlife enthusiasts. Its flowers, rich in nectar, act like a magnet for buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. Picture a mini wild party in your garden with these important pollinators dropping by for a feast. The dense growth of Spiny Restharrow provides a cozy hideout for small mammals and insects, boosting the overall diversity of your outdoor space. And here’s a fun fact – it’s like a butterfly hotel, hosting certain species during their life cycle.

Conservation Status in the UK

Good news for fans of Spiny Restharrow – in the United Kingdom, it’s not on the endangered species list. This hardy plant has found its groove, popping up all over the country. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Like many wildflowers, Spiny Restharrow faces some challenges, mainly from habitat loss due to agriculture and urban development. While it’s not in immediate danger, it wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye out and ensure its natural habitats are protected.

Ease of Growing

Now, here’s the cherry on top – growing Spiny Restharrow is a breeze. It’s like having a green friend who doesn’t demand constant attention. Just find it a sunny spot with well-drained soil, and you’re set. You don’t need to be a gardening whiz to keep this plant happy; it pretty much takes care of itself. And the best part? It’s a perennial, so you’ll enjoy its vibrant display year after year without much fuss.

Spiny Restharrow is a charming addition to any garden. Its spiky demeanor doesn’t reflect its easygoing nature. Plus, you’ll be doing a solid for the local wildlife and contributing to the biodiversity of your outdoor haven. So, why not welcome this resilient herb into your green space? It’s a win-win for both you and nature.

More Information



Species From the Same Habitat

Common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium)

Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum)

Meadow Crane’s-bill (Geranium pratense)


Additional information

Weight 2 kg


Flowering Months

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Soil moisture

Dry, Extremely Dry, Normal


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