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Anthyllis vulneraria

Kidney vetch

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Key information

Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour



Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Dave Bevan, copyright GAP Photos (222554)

Plant details

In flower all summer from June to September when it can be found growing wild in many parts of Britain, this delightful plant must be one of the brightest and most colourful native species. With its silky, pinnate foliage and crowded heads of many small flowers, each with a woolly calyx, that although commonly yellow, can also be attractive shades of orange, red, purple or whitish. It should surely be worth a place in any garden, either in the border or rockery. Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Anthyllis

Species: vulneraria

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to take cuttings: June to September

Flowering period: June to September

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