Lotus berthelotii

Parrot's bill

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Tender perennial

Flower colour






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This is an unusual evergreen perennial with a trailing habit and small, thin, silver leaves. From late spring to early summer the blooms are freely produced in pairs, usually deep red or scarlet, and resembling a parrot's beak, hence the comical common name. It is suitable for growing in hanging baskets and over the sides of containers. However, it is not hardy and needs to be moved to a frost free place during winter.

Family: Fabaceae/Papilionaceae

Genus: Lotus

Species: berthelotii

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 20cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: May to June

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