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Ononis spinosa - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-230.jpg
Ononis spinosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Tribe: Trifolieae
Genus: Ononis
L. 1753

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  • Anonis (Tourn. ex) Adans 1763
  • Bonaga Medik. 1787
  • Bugranopsis Pomel 1874
  • Natrix Moench 1794
  • Passaea Adans. 1763

Ononis is a large genus of perennial herbs and shrubs from the legume family Fabaceae. The members of this genus are often called restharrows as some species are arable weeds whose tough stems would stop the harrow. They are natively distributed in Europe.

In herbalism restharrow is used to treat bladder and kidney problems and water retention.

The active ingredients in restharrow are essential oils, flavonoid-glycosides, and tannins.

Restharrows are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the grey pug and Coleophora ononidella (which feeds exclusively on O. arvensis).[citation needed]

Species of Ononis[edit]

O. arvensis
Ononis natrix, flowers and foliage

The genus Ononis currently includes thirty-one accepted species:[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Woodgate, Katherine; Maxted, Nigel; Bennett, Sarita Jane (1996). "Genetic resources of Mediterranean pasture and forage legumes". In Bennett, Sarita Jane; Cocks, Philip Stanley (eds.). Genetic resources of Mediterranean pasture and forage legumes. Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture. 33. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 205. ISBN 0-7923-5522-9.
  2. ^ "Genus Nomenclature in GRIN". Retrieved 2010-07-09.
  3. ^ "Species Nomenclature in GRIN". Retrieved 2010-08-04.