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Esparcet, Holy clover

Leguminosae Onobrychio viriaefolia Scop.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Sainfoin was introduced from Turkey recently and is showing promise as a hay and pasture crop for the Northern Plains, particularly Montana and Western North Dakota. It is a perennial legume, growing to three to four feet, with pinnate-compound leaves. Under tests in the above area it has out-yielded alfalfa and has not caused bloat in cattle. It appears to be about equal to alfalfa in palatability and nutritive value. It does not compete well with weeds as regrowth after mowing is limited.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha