Crown Vetch - Securigera varia

Alt Name
Coronilla varia

Short to tall plant with spreading to erect stems. Leaves with 7 to 12 pairs of elliptical or oblong leaflets. Flowers pink, lilac, purple or bi-coloured, 10 to 15 mm, in heads of 10 to 20.

Photo ID?

Grassy and waste places.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Perennial. Once grown for fodder and now naturalised in places.

UK Status

Uncommon. It is naturalised in scattered localities in Britain as far north as Aberdeen, but more frequent in the south.

VC55 Status

Quite rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map