A picture of a Kidney vetch

Kidney vetch

Anthyllis vulneraria var. rubra

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

80cm

5cm

Min

70cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Kidney vetch Overview

This kidney vetch has deep orange-red flowers held in round heads, with grey woolly sepals. The leaves are imparipinnate (meaning they have a single leaflet at the top of the leaf) and silver-grey in colour, with silky hairs on the reverse.

How to propagate Kidney vetch

Cuttings

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Kidney vetch

Wildflower/meadow. Suitable for coastal conditions. Also ideal for ground cover.