Coronilla valentina L. subsp. glauca

Frost-hardy, dense, rounded, compact shrub with pinnate leaves with, usually, 5-7 leaflets, and axillary umbels of 4-14 fragrant, bright yellow flowers in late winter and spring, and again in late summer.  To 80cm.  The subspecies glauca differs from the type in having only 2-3 pairs of leaflets, blue-green in colour, with a waxy bloom, and lemon-yellow flowers.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to England in 1722.  [PD].  ‘This charming shrub, which is almost perpetually in blossom, and admirably adapted for nosegays, is a native of the south of France, and a constant ornament to our green-houses.  Linnaeus has observed, that the flowers, which in the day time are remarkably fragrant, in the night are almost without scent.’  [BM t.13/1787].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.344/1857].


Published Dec 13, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:50 AM

Figured are pinnate leaves and rounded heads of yellow, pea-like flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.13, 1787.

Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca L. | BM t.13/1787 | BHL

More details about Coronilla valentina L. subsp. glauca
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe

  • Coronilla glauca L.
  • Ornithopus valentinus (L.) Hornem.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Coronilla glauca

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