Native to the northern hemisphere, Anthyllis vulneraria is widespread across Europe and can be found as far as west Asia, from coastal areas to alpine meadows. It has been listed in pharmacopoeias for its diuretic properties, but is mainly to be found in gardens for its ornamental qualities.
We chose the Anthyllis vulneraria var. coccinea variety. It is a simple, natural perennial quite unlike the horticultural stars of garden magazines. Perhaps that's why we love it so much.
The plant forms a small cushion of downy leaves with silvery highlights and in summer produces unusual orangey-red pompom flowers (clover meets pea!).
For dry rockery, walls, paving, rock garden, edging for sunny borders.
Grow in full sun in rocky, very slightly acid to alkaline soil. Can tolerate poor, dry soil and temporary drought.
An ephemeral perennial, so look out for its naturally re-seeded plantlets.
Maintenance: prune with shears after flowering
Synonym: Anthyllis vulneraria 'Red Carpet'
Anthyllis vulneraria - Thomé, O.W.,
Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz, Tafeln, vol. 3: t. 428 (1885)
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: red
- Flowering period: summer flowers