crown-vetch, purple crown-vetch
[Coronilla varia L.]
Etymology: Coronilla: diminutive of corina, a "crown," referring to the inflorescence
Plants: loosely-erect perennial, 1'-2' tall forb; forming dense colonies
Leaves: stalkless, pinnately-divided into an odd number (11-25) of leaflets
Flowers: pink to white, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" long; inflorescence a 1/2" round, dense umbel; blooms May-Sept.
Fruits: long, narrow, 4-angled pods with 3-7 segments surrounding the seeds
Habitat: disturbed sites, roadsides
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Invasiveness: Invasive - Eradicate!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
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