Lotus crassifolius var. otayensis
“Otay Mountain Lotus 

A spectacular small California native shrub with soft grey foliage and purple and white pea flowers in the early Spring to Summer. Its small stature (3’ X 3’) makes it an easy plant to fit into gardens. It will be happy in sun to part shade, but it does require well–drained soil so if you garden in clay, resist the temptation to plant it in the ground. A great habitat plant for hummingbirds, but especially loved by butterflies. It is a rare plant in its Otay Mountain habitat and since it enjoys growing in disturbed soil, it is continuously threatened by road maintenance crews who pull it up as it readily appears next to roads.

Sun/Pt. Shade 
Avg./Low Water

Evergreen Shrub
USDA Zone 9b