Sainfoin (esparcet) – can replace clover when growing fodder in dry sandy or gravelly soils (where clover does not grow). A perennial herbaceous plant, it grows tall, it is productive for about 10 years, but once mature, it can grow in one place for up to 40 years. Useful for young animals, especially ruminants. Even wet, dewy grass does not cause the animal to bloat. The seeds can be used for horse feed.
Use: feed legume grass for fodder. The plant is rich in honey is highly valued by beekeepers because it blooms in early spring, when there is a lack of flowering plants for honeybees. Accumulates atmospheric nitrogen.
Cultivation features: can grow in lighter, carbonated soil, even in gravelly, drier, hilly fields. Acidic, wet soils are not suitable, this plant needs calcareous subsoil.