Coronilla valentina, more commonly known as Crown Vetch, is a large shrub native to the Mediterranean area. This beautiful shrub, which can grow up to 5-10 feet tall, brings a touch of the Mediterranean to any garden. With its small leaflets, Coronilla valentina is an attractive addition to the landscape.
In the summer, Coronilla valentina produces large yellow and orange fragrant flowers. These blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds and often last until the early fall. The flowers are also beneficial to pollinators and bees, making this plant a great choice for outdoor spaces.
In terms of growing, Coronilla valentina prefers full sun and does best with regular water. Coronilla valentina is hardy in USDA Zones 8-9. If planted in cooler climates, it's important to water the shrub more frequently during the summer. The shrub can also be grown as a smaller shrub, between 2-5 ft tall, with moderate water.
In terms of care, Coronilla valentina is a low-maintenance shrub. It can be pruned regularly during the summer and can be divided in the spring to control its size. For colder regions, it's best to plant the shrub in a pot and bring the pot indoors during the winter months or mulch around it to provide some frost protection.
If you're looking for a hardy, low-maintenance shrub to add a Mediterranean touch to your garden, look no further than Coronilla valentina!