Crownvetch is a long-lived perennial legume that is native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, southwest Asia and Africa. The plants ascend to a height of 61 to 122 cm (24 to 48 in.) with pinnately compound leaves, typically with 9 to 25 leaflets; they spread by creeping underground rootstocks. The pea-like flowers are variegated white to rose or violet and are borne in an umbel resembling a crown. Seedpods are segmented and finger-like.
Crownvetch is best adapted to well-drained fertile soils with a pH of six or above. It performs well in areas with a mean annual precipitation of 50 cm (20 in.) or more, but does not tolerate drought very well.
Planting should be done either in early spring or late summer to early fall. Seed must be inoculated prior to sowing. Drill seed 1.3 to 2.5 cm (½ to 1 in.) deep, depending on soil type. A higher seeding rate should be used when broadcasting or on harsher sites. Crownvetch is used for watershed protection of poor, erosive slopes and for stabilization of highway embankments, mine spoils and disturbed lands.
11.2 to 22.4 kg PLS /hectare
10 to 20 lbs. PLS/acre
NUMBER OF SEEDS:
110,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)