This section seeks to highlight each month a representative botanical species of the ornamental flora of the monument.
The scorpion vetch (Coronilla valentina L.) is a bush that originated in the Mediterranean region. It can be found in both Andalusia and northern Morocco. It grows in rocky limestone soils in mountains up to 1,000 m above seal level. It normally grows about 1 m tall and has a large number of branches. It has perennial compound leaves with a bluey green shade. It stands out due to its yellow flowers arranged in the form of a crown. This plant is easy to grow and is very hardy. We do not know when it was first cultivated in the gardens of the Alhambra and Generalife. We do know however that its use in Spanish gardens predates 1804, in which it was cited in the treatise on flowers by Claudio and Estéban Boutelou, the head gardeners of the Madrid Botanic Garden and the Royal Palace of Aranjuez respectively.