skip to content
  |  Next>>

Crownvetch (Coronilla varia L.)


  • Yield based on 2 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 110,000
  • Seeding rate: 10-15 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: early spring, late summer or fall
  • Ground cover for steep roadbanks, surface mine spoil, and industrial sites where low maintenance is important


  • long-lived perennial if not harvested
  • well adapted to shallow, low-fertility, acid soils
  • excellent drought tolerance
  • no bloat hazard


  • low seedling vigor, slow to establish
  • poor shade tolerance
  • not adapted to wet soils
  • very poor persistence when harvested
  • low palatability due to nitro-compounds
  • lower yielding than alfalfa

More information

  |  Next>>