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Onobrychis viciifolia
Synonyms: Hedysarum onobrychis; O. sativa

Common Name(s): Sainfoin
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 90 to 210 (days)
Abs.Max=93° (F)    Opt.Max=81° (F)
Opt.Min=64° (F)    Abs.Min=39° (F)
Precipitation: 12 to 31 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -36° (F)
Soil pH: 6.5 to 8.2
Soil Texture/Type: Medium; calcareous soils
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Bright to clear
Introduced in Illinois but not well suited due to slow growth and humid conditions. Good drought resistance. Slow to establish and small climatic range. No intensive grazing.
Environ. - ornamental, Honey - , Animal Food - fodder, Animal Food - forage
Steppe and semi-arid, temperate-continental, temperate marine
Geographical Origin:
Western Asia, Mid Europe, Southeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe, Temperates
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