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Scientific Name: Coronilla varia

Crownvetch Seed and Plant Description:

Crownvetch (Coronilla varia) is a winter hardy forage producer. This forb is excellent when used for watershed stabilization and erosion control. This plant provides good forage for deer and elk.  Other names this plant may be known by is Purple Crownvetch & Coronilla Crownvetch.


This introduced perennial forb grows best when sowed in the fall. It can grow up to 4 feet tall when in prime conditions. The minimum precipitation for this seed is 20 inches. This plant does well on sand, gravely-rocky soils, loams, and clays.

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(Coronilla varia)

Crownvetch NRCS Fact Sheet and Plant Guide

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Prepared By & Species Coordinator: USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Crownvetch
  • Securigera varia
  • Purple Crownvetch
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Sowing Rate

15-20 PLS lbs. per Acre

Min. Precipitation

14-20 Inches

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