Erinacea anthyllis

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Erinacea anthyllis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Genisteae
Genus: Erinacea
Species: Erinacea anthyllis
  • Erinacea pungens Boiss.

Erinacea anthyllis, blue broom, hedgehog plant, or rushy kidney vetch, is a species of flowering plant in the legume family Fabaceae. It is native to stony mountainous places in the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean and Morocco. It is a dwarf, spiny, evergreen shrub growing to a dome shape 30 cm (12 in) tall and wide. It has dense foliage, and lilac coloured pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer.

The Latin specific epithet anthyllis highlights the plant's similarity to the related kidney vetch, Anthyllis vulneraria.[2]


Erinacea anthyllis is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is best grown in sun, in sharply-drained alkaline soil which reproduces the limestone of its native habitat. Once established, it is extremely long-lived.[3][4]

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]


  1. ^ "USDA ARS GRIN - Erinacea anthyllis". Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ "Alpine Garden Society - Erinacea anthyllis". Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Erinacea anthyllis". Retrieved 19 June 2013. 

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