This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Herbs or undershrubs. Leaves imparipinnate. Flowers in axillary spikes or racemes, purple, yellow, or white. Standard obovate or obcordate, narrowed at the base. Upper stamen free. Pod flattened, prickly or naked, the joints separating when ripe. ,There are about fifty species, from Europe, North Africa, temperate Asia, and North America. Many of them are very handsome, but they are rarely seen in cultivation. It is a classical name.
1. H. coronarium. French Honeysuckle. - This is the only common species in gardens. It attains a height of about 18 inches, and very much resembles the Sainfoin, excepting that the leaflets are larger. The flowers are scarlet or purplish, rarely white, and agreeably scented. South of Europe.