Parrot's beak

Lotus maculatus

Parrot's beak - Lotus maculatus

Common Name: Parrot's beak
Genus: Lotus
Species: maculatus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 0.20 m (20 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Orange, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A native of the Canary Islands this trailing perennial will thrive in hot sunny spots. Plant it near the front of a summer bedding display or allow it to cascade over the edges of a window box or hanging basket where it will provide oodles of colour. The pea-like flowers are either red or yellow with an orange tip so they work really well in hot themed colour schemes. The needle-like grey-green foliage is also attractive. Make sure it has the protection it needs in winter and it will keep coming back year after year.

  • Garden care: Keep plants in a heated greenhouse (min 5C) and water sparingly in winter. Water freely during the growing season and move it outside to a sunny sheltered position for the summer.