Ononis repens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeOnonisOnonis repens


A rhizomatous perennial sub-shrub, widespread in grasslands on base-rich, well-drained, light soils, and also on calcareous boulder-clays. On the coast it occurs on sand dunes and shingle, and inland it is frequently a colonist of sandy or gravelly road verges. 0-365 m (Weardale, Co. Durham).



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Calcareous grassland (includes lowland and montane types)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 878

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary


Comment on Life Form

May be genuineline intermediate



Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1664

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 178

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: -0.45

Weighted Changed Factor: -10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references