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Sainfoin is a fodder crop that is highly nutritious for livestock and also provides nectar for bees.

Latin Name

Onobrychis viciifolia



Type of Plant

Crops Crops
Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Europe, Asia


    Washington was constantly experimenting with sainfoin, but failing.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Botanical Garden Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Botanical Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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