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Lotus maculatus

Trefoil

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height0.15m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourOrange red yellow
  • Leaf ColourMid green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Lotus maculatus (Trefoil). This a trailing perennial herb from the Canary Islands with mid green linear leaves. In spring red and orange tinged yellow flowers shaped like lobster claws are produced from the leaf axils.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Canary Islands

Interest and use

Ornamental

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, with a minimum temperature of 5C. They will prefer full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood cuttings from early to mid-summer or by seed in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs, aphids, red spider mites.

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