Crown Vetch Seeds For Erosion Control or Ground Cover

Crown Vetch Seeds

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Groundcover Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4 - 10

Height: 20 inches

Width: 20 inches

Bloom Season: Summer through frost

Bloom Color: Pink

Growth Rate: Aggressive

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Latin Name: Coronilla varia

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 21 - 35 days

Light Required: No

Depth: 1/4 inch

Soil Type: Well drained soil with pH 5.5 or greater

Sowing Rate: 1 lb per 1,000 square feet

Moisture: Keep seeds continually moist until germination

Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia) - An extremely fast and aggressive plant, Crown vetch produces a quick ground cover for erosion control with white to pink flowers. This legume should be planted for erosion control in certain hard-to-reach areas such as steep, dry, rocky slopes and low fertility soils.  It is best not to grow it in places where there are other plants established as it will crowd them out.

It has moderate shade tolerance, but high drought tolerance. Crown vetch is one of the easiest, fastest, economical and beautiful ways to cover bare ground. You will often see it blooming along the side or center divider of highways, particularly on steep banks or slopes. A superb way to prevent soil erosion, choke out weeds, and beautify the landscape with minimal effort or cost.

These peas have a vine-like growth that can reach lengths of 3 to 5 feet when planted in fertile soil. Winter peas are highly nutritious and extremely digestible to deer. They carry a protein level between 20 and 30 percent. Both the seed, stem and leaves are browsed by deer. Foliage color is a pale green, and the plant produces pink blooms. Austrian winter peas have moderate drought tolerance but have good winter hardiness.


Crown vetch quickly spreads by sending out shoots above and below ground getting roots up to 12 inches deep in to time soil permitting. Plants produce billowy, green foliage growing around 20 inches tall with masses of white to pink blooms from June until frost. Dense flowers clustered atop the green foliage makes it an attractive display. Even though each bloom is only 1/2 inch wide, even a small planting creates nearly a solid carpet of pink all summer long!