Crown Vetch - Securigera varia

    Alternative names
    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.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Many pairs of leaflets, usually pink flowers in umbels, may be whitish or purple

    Recording advice

    A photo of the whole plant, showing leaves as well as flowers


    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.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien; disturbed ground; rare

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