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Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.
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Sainfoin is a deep-rooted perennial legume commonly grown in the western United States as a forage crop. It is used most commonly in hay and pasture plantings as a non-bloat causing legume. Interestingly, this crop is highly palatable; cattle and sheep prefer sainfoin over alfalfa. With its high protein and palatability, sainfoin is also preferred over alfalfa by mule deer and other wildlife. Its blossoms attract many pollinator species and the honey made from sainfoin is reported to be very good quality.

Supported Species Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Deer, Bee/Pollinator
Primary Usage Hay, Pasture, Wildlife, Pollinator Friendly


Sun Requirement Full Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH 6.6-8.0
Days to Maturity 32-35 Days
Height when mature 36-38 inches
Fertilizer Perform a soil test for exact recommendations.
Hardiness Hardy

Planting Dates

Northern Zone Early/Mid Spring
Mid/Late Spring
Transitional Zone Early/Mid Spring
Mid/Late Spring
Southern Zone Item Not Recommended for this Climate

Planting Requirements

Planting Depth 1/2 - 3/4 inch
Seeding Rate 30-35 lbs./acre
Northern Zone -60 To -10 F
-50 To -23 C
Transitional Zone -10 To 20 F
-23 To -6 C
Southern Zone 20 To 70 F
-6 To 21 C

How To Plant

    Planting Requirements

    Planting Depth 1/2 - 3/4 inch
    Seeding Rate 30-35 lbs./acre
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    What variety of sainfoin do you sell?
    Our sainfoin is a VNS (variety not stated) sainfoin, also known as a common sainfoin.
    Can you tell me what breed of sandpit you sell. I have been reading about this legume and interested in trying some. Can it be planted with alfalfa if yes at what rate?
    Our Sainfoin offered is a VNS type - which ultimately means the variety is not stated. In Canada in 2016 & 2017, there were trials done with alfalfa, sainfoin, and grass blends. The results from these trials were mixed. Most often, sainfoin and alfalfa have different applications and require different growing conditions. For best advice on your seed needs and the application of sainfoin for your particular situation, we recommend getting in touch with our agronomist team to determine the best seed for your needs.

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