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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, Lotus hirsutus is a Mediterranean sub-shrub found growing wild in Portugal. It's a choice silver-leafed plant for warm and sunny areas, particularly gravel gardens and rockeries, where it forms a spreading mat from which small creamy pink flowers appear at the tips of stems and on sideshoots, in summer.

Grow Lotus hirsutus in very free-draining, gritty soil in full sun. Protect from frost in winter or take semi-ripe 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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