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Lotus hirsutus

Hairy canary clover

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Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Lotus hirsutus
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Often listed as Dorycnium hirsutum, this is a Mediterranean subshrub found growing wild in Portugal. It is a choice silver-leafed plant for areas of the garden that are warm and sunny, with the kind of sharp drainage, especially in winter, found on rocky hillsides. In gravel gardens and large rockeries, it will produce spreading evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs which, from mid-summer onwards, form small heads of creamy pink flowers at the tips of stems and on sideshoots. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer and overwinter under glass as an insurance against winter loss.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Lotus

Species: hirsutus

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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