Ornithopus sativus


Serradella is a small legume plant native to the Mediterranean region. It has small, narrow leaves and delicate, pea-like flowers that are typically purple in color. The plant grows to be about 10-20 cm tall, and it grows quickly, often producing seeds within the first year of growth.

Serradella can be differentiated from similar plants by its small size and purple flowers. The plant prefers well-drained soil and full sun, and it is winter hardy, able to withstand cold temperatures.

The plant is not edible, but it is sometimes used as a cover crop to fix nitrogen in the soil. It is also used as a source of forage for livestock, and the seeds can be used to make oil.

Serradella is valued by wildlife, particularly by birds, which feed on the seeds. The plant is also a good source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.


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