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LOTUS 'Red Flash'

Image of Lotus 'Red Flash'

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

LOTUS 'Red Flash'

Plant Common Name

Trefoil

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This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Crimson

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes