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Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney vetch)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.8m
Max spread
2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Anthyllis vulneraria

Other names

Kidney vetch

Genus

Anthyllis Anthyllis

Species

A. vulneraria - A. vulneraria is a variable, spreading annual or short-lived, evergreen perennial with erect or spreading stems, pinnate, mid-green leaves and rounded clusters of cream or yellow, purple-tipped flowers in summer.


Anthyllis vulneraria is: Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Erect flower stem

Flower

Flushed white, Flushed red, Flushed pink, Cream, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Trim after flowering to keep neat.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in cold frame during autumn. Take cuttings in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney vetch) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.8m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Rock, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in a sunny location.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Anthyllis vulneraria

Other names

Kidney vetch

Genus

Anthyllis Anthyllis

Species

A. vulneraria - A. vulneraria is a variable, spreading annual or short-lived, evergreen perennial with erect or spreading stems, pinnate, mid-green leaves and rounded clusters of cream or yellow, purple-tipped flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

Flushed white, Flushed red, Flushed pink, Cream, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Trim after flowering to keep neat.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in cold frame during autumn. Take cuttings in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney vetch) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.8m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Rock, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in a sunny location.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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