Crown Vetch Seeds
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
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 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.