Drought Tolerant Crown Vetch Seeds For Erosion Control or Ground Cover Plant

Crown Vetch Seeds

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

Deer Resistant: No

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

An Effective Ground Cover

Crown vetch is an excellent natural addition to a garden with rock features: watch them crawl to fill areas where other plants can't!

An Effective Ground Cover

Fast-Growing Ground Cover

How to Grow

Crown vetch is fairly slow to germinate; therefore, if planting at the end of summer or early fall, allow 10 weeks before first hard frost date for establishment. Seeds can take a long time to germinate, so try hurrying the process along by soaking seeds in for four hours in hot water, or nick the seeds with sandpaper to break the seed coat. These plants don't like wet soil, so make sure to plant them away from water features.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained with pH 5.5 or greater
  • Sowing rate: 1 lb per 1000 sq. ft.
Fast-Growing Ground Cover

Plant Specifications

Crown vetch is a perennial flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 4 through 10. It is a fast-growing ground cover, and is a great choice for growing in steep, rocky, dry areas.

  • Bloom color: pink
  • Bloom season: summer until frost
  • Plant height: 20 inches

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.

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!

Crown vetch is fairly slow to germinate; therefore, if planting at the end of summer or early fall allow 10 weeks for establishment before first hard frost date.