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.

    Identification difficulty

    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