We plant the winter-hardy plant in calcium-rich soil. Put the red kidney vetch in a sunny spot. The plant handles dry weather well. Then give the plant extra water in dry periods.
We can use the plant's flowers in tea or as a garnish with desserts and salads. Herbal tea from kidney vetch has blood-purifying properties. The leaf is tasty in soups and dishes with meat and beans.
The plant is grown organically. In other words, no chemical pesticides have been used to grow the plant. For a healthy garden!
|Latin name:||Anthyllis coccinea|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||May - August|
|Growing Height:||30 - 40 cm|
Anthyllis coccinea is a deciduous perennial that will grow well everywhere, in the garden and also in a flowerpot or patio planter. Choose a spot with well-drained, sandy soil, for example in the rock garden. Add a little compost to improve the soil. Before planting, prepare a sufficiently large planting hole and loosen the soil thoroughly. Place the root ball of Anthyllis coccinea at the correct depth, just below the surface. Fill the planting hole with soil, press down firmly and water immediately after planting. These lovely Anthyllis plants love a spot in full sun.
Moderately water Anthyllis coccinea, but do not allow the soil around the roots to dry out. The soil may be on the dry side, however, especially in winter. Cut out all faded flower stems in order to encourage new growth. In spring, you can remove the leaves that have become ugly.
Can be harvested year round.
Pick the leaf, buds and flowers but plucking per stem, zipping along the length to remove all. The woody stem is not used. Do leave the centre of the plant unmolested. Use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife, don't pull. The flowers don't really make a different to the taste so you can easily use them too. Add the flowers to sweets and drinks.
As long as the plant is producing new leaf you can keep plucking the same plant all year round!
The profusely flowering Anthyllis coccinea is a real eye-catcher along the edge of the border. Also very beautiful in a flowerpot, trough or rock garden.
This plant is able to resist sea wind and prefers a soil that is rich in lime.
Anthyllis is a Fabaceae. Just like other fabaceae, it fixates nitrogen in the soil by working with specific soil bacteria. By nature it occurs on barren grounds and provides its own fertilization. No butterfly garden is complete without this plant! It will attract butterflies from wide and far!