Sainfoin

Pink spike of sainfoin

This has to be one of my very favourite flowers.

The name means ‘healthy hay’ in French and the plant is apparently very palatable to both sheep and cattle who prefer it to alfalfa.

Highly nutritious, sainfoin has never been know to cause bloating. (Readers of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ will know about Bathsheba’s sheep getting bloated from eating clover.)

We have just a few places where it grows. There’s not enough of it to sustain even the smallest sheep on the strictest of diets, but it’s one of the plants I try to ‘favour’.

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  1. May 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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