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botanical name:
Lotus berthelotii
Lotus berthelotii © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Coral Gem, Parrot's Beak
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.20m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: silver
flower colour: orange
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Prostrate or trailing sub-shrub with long stems of linear silvery-grey leaves. Distinctive orange and dark red flowers in spring and early summer, with a curving keel and the appearance of upturned lobster claws.

cultivation:
Moist but very well drained soil in sun. Not frost hardy.

propagation:
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings.

usage:
Containers, hanging baskets or as a conservatory plant.

other notes:
Native to the cloud forests of Tenerife and the Cape Verde Islands, but now very rare in the wild. Fortunately commonly cultivated.

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