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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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