The red variety of the Kidney vetch is an outstanding plant for any rockery or scree garden. The procumbent flowering stems spreading to form a mound up to 30 cm or more in diameter will get on fire with scarlet, fuzzy flower heads in early summer. The flowers are rich in nectar and pollen and thus provide food for a wide range of pollinators.
Said to be short lived but will reseed in place if you’re lucky; leave few of faded flowers to set seeds.
Germination: easy; best if the seeds are lightly scarified or treated with warm water and sown in the fall or spring. Dislikes transplanting, so sowing ‘in situ’ is a good option as well.