Lotus berthelotii
“Parrot’s Beak”

Said to be extinct in its native Canary Islands, this rare and spectacular member of the Pea family captivates all who see it trailing over a “green roof” here at the nursery. Loaded with fiery 2” scarlet and gold “parrot beaks” over a long Spring to Fall season, the blooms are held upright and in bright contrast to the silvery-green needle-like trailing foliage. To 1’ tall and 2-3’ across, it’s gorgeous trailing over a wall or out of a container (5+ gal). Can be used as an exotic groundcover too, just make sure to provide excellent drainage and some fertility, and don’t let it dry out for best show. Evergreen, disease-free and deer resistant. Cut back by 1/3 to refresh if needed. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Easily grown as an annual.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Average Water

Perennial Groundcover
USDA zones 9b-11
(annual elsewhere)