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Coronilla varia
( Crown Vetch )

Coronilla varia is a deciduous perenial ground cover in the pea family. It spreads by rhizomes and is tenacious to the point of being a weed in some areas. Stems can reach 2 feet high with compound pinnate leaves, typical of the pea family. Flowers are lavender pink, in 1 inch clusters. It dies back over the winter, and can be mowed in early spring to promote good growth.
Important Info : Useful for erosion control on banks. Likes full sun and moderate moisture.

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Size:Height: 0 ft. to 0.67 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 0 ft.  
Plant Category:ground covers, perennials,  
Plant Characteristics:spreading,  
Foliage Characteristics:deciduous,  
Foliage Color:green,  
Flower Characteristics:long lasting,  
Flower Color:pinks, purples, whites,  
Tolerances:deer, rabbits, seashore, slope, wind,  
Bloomtime Range:Early Summer to Mid Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone:3 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Part Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range:5 to 8  
Soil Range:Some Sand to Some Clay  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  

Plant Care

Conditions : Full Sun

Full Sun is defined as exposure to more than 6 hours of continuous, direct sun per day.

Conditions : Regular Moisture for Outdoor Plants

Water when normal rainfall does not provide the preferred 1 inch of moisture most plants prefer. Average water is needed during the growing season, but take care not to overwater. The first two years after a plant is installed, regular watering is important. The first year is critical. It is better to water once a week and water deeply, than to water frequently for a few minutes.

Diseases : Anthracnose

Anthracnose is the result of a plant infection, caused by a fungus, and may cause severe defoliation, especially in trees, but rarely results in death. Sunken patches on stems, fruit, leaves, or twigs, appear grayish brown, may appear watery, and have pinkish-tan spore masses that appear slime-like. On vegetables, spots may enlarge as fruit matures.

Prevention and Control: Try not to over water. If your climate is naturally rainy, grow resistant varieties. In the vegetable garden, stake and trellis plants to provide good air circulation so that plants may dry. Increase sunlight to plants by trimming limbs. Prune, remove, or destroy infected plants and remove all leaf debris. Select a fungicide that is labeled for anthracnose and the plant you are treating. Follow the label strictly.

Conditions : Erosion Control

Plants that help to control erosion have fibrous root systems that help to keep soil intact. Leaves and the overall form of a plant can prevent erosion by breaking up water droplets before they hit the ground, lessening splashing and runoff.

Glossary : Perennial

Perennial: traditionally a non-woody plant that lives for two or more growing seasons.

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