Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV)
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Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)


  • Perennial
  • Leaves: alternate, unevenly pinnate
  • Height: 30-90 cm
  • Flowers: pink, clusters
  • Fruit: spiky, legume pod
  • Root: Taproot, lateral root with rhizobia bacteria


Environmental needs:

  • Prefers calcerous soils
  • Very tolerant to drought
  • Requires warmth
  • Winter-hardy


  • Catch crop


Green manure:

  • Good root penetration → exploits the subsoil, survives drought, improves soils
  • Nitrogen-fixing

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