Restharrow Ononis Hircina L

root Restharrow

The Restharrow is a perennial herbaceous plant or semi-sprout of the leguminosae family. The root is a tree lance, up to 50-60 cm long, often twisted, with a short and multi-colored rhizome. Out of the rhizome goose pendulous, perennial, up to 60 cm long, branched, leaning, upright stems, with a large number of prickly twigs, often purple-dyed, strongly stiff at their base. At the earliest age the stems have basal leaves that soon fall off.

The flowers are rather large, bipolar, pale pink or pinkish red, rarely white, with short bristles. Blooms in May-August.

Restharrow is found in the dry meadows, the grassy and sandy places, the floodplains around the rivers and the roads, the bushes, etc.

The roots (Radix Ononidis) of lightning are used. Picking up from August - October. The roots are dug in the autumn after the ripening of the fruits.

In medicine, Restharrow is used as a urinary, cataract, anti-hemorrhoidal agent.