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Lotus hirsutus

Hairy canary clover

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (39282)

Plant details

Hairy canary clover is a mini Mediterranean shrub that makes a mound of evergreen leaves with pea-like, pinkish-white flowers in summer and early autumn, followed by reddish-brown seed pods. It'll stay evergreen in mild, sheltered conditions over winter, otherwise losing leaves. Excellent drainage is vital because cold, wet winter soil is fatal. Alternatively, grow in a rock garden or large pot, bringing it under cover over winter because it isn't reliably hardy. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Lotus

Species: hirsutus

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to take cuttings: May to May

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