french honeysuckle

Hedysarum coronarium

Hedysarum coronarium (French honeysuckle, cock's head) is a perennial herb native to Northern Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) and Spain, cultivated for animal fodder and hay, and for honey production.

The plant is deep-rooted and drought-resistant, growing to 1-1.5 m tall with leaves imparipinnate with 7–11 leaflets. Flowers are red, with the standard 12–15 mm long; fruits are jointed and comprised of 2–4 spinulose articles. Pods have a yellow thorny surface that turns brown at maturity.

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