LOTUS 'Red Flash'
Plant Common Name
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Vibrant crimson flowers that look like the open peak of a parrot or lobster claw contrast Red Flash trefoil's fine, light blue-green foliage. A hybrid derived from plants native to the Canary Islands, it is a deciduous vine-like plant that is low but spreading, like a tall groundcover. It may also be called lotus vine.
It short leaves look like needles and occur in whorled tufts along the stems. The leaves are a medium green with hints of blue and/or silver. In late spring, flame-shaped or lobster claw-like crimson flowers appear above the foliage. Upn each blossom is a subtle blended smear of colors from magenta and orange to violet. Flowering subsides in summer's heat but again resumes in early autumn when evening temperatures are cooler.
Grow trefoil in well-draining soils of average garden fertility that are not alkaline. Full sun exposures are acceptable in all but the hottest of summer climates or if there is excessive relfective light and heat off of rock or concrete. Use 'Red Flash' as a fine-textured groundcover in a rockery or hillside or as a trailing plant to cover edges of large containers. It grows as an annual in temperate regions that have long summers.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 12
9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Spring, Summer, Fall
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns