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Anthyllis montana 'Rubra' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

mountain kidney vetch 'Rubra'

Family

Papilionaceae


Anthyllis can be annuals, herbaceous perennials or shrubs, with pinnate or palmate leaves and short, dense racemes of small pea-like flowers

'Rubra' is a woody-based perennial forming a spreading clump to 30cm in height, with silky leaves divided into many small leaflets, and clover-like heads of small, bright crimson flowers in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in poor, dry soils. Grow in rock garden or the front of a mixed border

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in the autumn or by semi-hardwood cuttings taken in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Trim untidy plants after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free