Crazy Name

Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca 'Citrina'

Crazy name alert!  This is Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’.  I would suggest calling it by its common name but as this is Bastard Senna I won’t.  Shall we call it Coronilla ‘Citrina’?

This winter to spring flowering shrub has delicate bi-coloured pea flowers which are gently fragrant.  It tends to be a little unruly in habit but if necessary will respond to a good hard prune to get it back into shape.   Another bonus is that it is evergreen, with gorgeous glaucous pinnate leaves. Native to Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Malta, it enjoys a sunny site and is especially useful for coastal gardens.  Add to that the fact that it is rarely touched by bug or beast, I wonder why we haven’t all got one?

When shopping with Max’s Dad I spotted a pot of this loveliness and I persuaded him to buy it. This I achieved through a combination of guile, logic and reasoning “go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on.” Eventually “go on, go on, go on” he reluctantly conceded “go on, go on”. “You can shut up now”. The coronilla is now planted in a sunny spot at the top of the drive and on occasion I catch him giving it a sideways glance.  True, at the moment it is singularly underwhelming, but it has great potential and I am certain he will be convinced.  Eventually.