Hedysarum coronarium

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained

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Plant Details

Fantastic dense spikes of very fragrant deep red flowers, exotic in appearance. Positively spectacular. Needs a well drained soil and tolerates poor sandy or rocky soils.

Extremely fragrant, bright red, pea-like flowers bloom in late spring to early summer which give way to non-ornamental yellowish seedpods that turn brown as they mature. 

This plant is sometimes cultivated for hay and livestock fodder in parts of Europe and northern Africa.

Height and spread: 90cm x 90cm

Common name(s): Sweetvetch; Sweet Broom; French Honeysuckle; Cock's head, Italian sainfoin, Sulla, or Soola

Synonym: Sulla coronaria

Picture: Hectonichus [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.