Lotus hirsutus

Lotus hirsutus

Hairy canary flower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Lotus hirsutus
  • Common name: Hairy canary flower
  • Plant type: Shrub

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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