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Coronilla emerus

scorpion senna

H. emerus is a bushy, rounded, deciduous shrub to 2m bearing bright green, pinnate foliage with small leaflets. Pale yellow flowers appear in small clusters from late spring to autumn, followed by thin, green seed pods up to 10cm long

Synonyms
Coronilla emerus

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Yellow Green Green
Autumn Yellow Green Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Hippocrepis are herbaceous perennials or shrubs, with pinnate leaves and yellow, pea-like flowers followed by long, narrow pods

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C & SE Europe

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, sheltered from cold winds

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1; leggy plants can be cut back almost to the base in spring to rejuvenate them

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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