Anthyllis montana

Anthyllis montana
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Scientific classification
A. montana
Binomial name
Anthyllis montana

Anthyllis montana syn. Vulneraria montana Scopoli (mountain kidney vetch) is a species of flowering plant native to the mountains of Southern Europe and parts of the Alps.[1] Growing to 30 cm (12 in) tall by 60 cm (24 in) broad, it is a clump-forming, woody-based perennial. The leaves are divided into numerous fern-like leaflets, and the white, pink or purple clover-like flower-heads are borne in Spring and Summer.[2]The Latin specific epithet montana refers to mountains or coming from mountains.[3]

In cultivation, it is suitable for the alpine or rock garden. The cultivar 'Rubra' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ Kropf, M; Kadereit, JW; Comes, HP. "Late Quaternary distributional stasis in the submediterranean mountain plant Anthyllis montana L. (Fabaceae) inferred from ITS sequences and amplified fragment length polymorphism markers". Mol Ecol. 11: 447–63. 10.1046/j.1365-294x.2002.01446.x. 11918780.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ Archibald William Smith A Gardener's Handbook of Plant Names: Their Meanings and Origins, p. 239, at Google Books
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Anthyllis montana 'Rubra'". Retrieved 27 May 2013.
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