The Kidney vetch has small clusters of pale yellow flowers. Sometimes the flowers may also be red or orange! It is a legume, so the flowers are pea-like and the plant forms low growing clumps. In the wild, this vetch can be found on roadsides, coastal areas and grassland. However in the garden, it is ideal in a bee and butterfly border or rockery preferring a light, well-drained soil.
The Kidney vetch is the food plant of the small blue butterfly larvae and the flowers also attract bees for nectar
It has been used as a medicinal plant, and the Latin name vulneraria means wound healer.