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LOTUS berthelotii

Image of Lotus berthelotii

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

LOTUS berthelotii

Plant Common Name

Parrot's Beak, Winged Pea

General Description

The flowers of this tropical trailing evergreen perennial are colorful and unusual. They are bright red and/or gold and have a sharp protruding beak-like petal, which is this plant’s commonly called parrot’s beak or parrot vine.

Lotus berthelotii is native to the warm, dry Canary Islands, which exist off the coast of northwestern Africa. It bears feathery silvery-green foliage on low trailing stems. In spring and summer it produces curious beaked flowers that are scarlet, orange-red or gold. and remarkably contrast its silvery foliage.

Plant this touch tropical in full sun and average, sharply drained soil. It is most commonly planted in containers, sunny Oceanside gardens or rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm (8)

  • Width

    12"-36" / 30.5cm - 91.4cm (36)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Canary Islands

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Gold, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes