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Lotus maculatus (Lotus Vine)

Lotus Vine, Parrot's Beak, Pico de Paloma, Golden Parrot's Beak


Lotus maculatus (Lotus Vine) is a trailing evergreen perennial with soft, smoky gray, needle-like leaves, spaced along the stems in attractive whorls. Hanging like delicate silver chains, they contrast sharply with the pea-like bright red, orange-tipped or yellow flowers. Exotic-looking, the blooms resemble parrot beaks, a flower shape believed to be an adaptation for bird pollination. Best flowering occurs in the cool weather of spring and early summer. This plant dislikes hot summer temperatures and may stop blooming in summer, particularly if night temperatures remain at high levels. Lotus maculatus makes an excellent annual plant in containers or hanging baskets. It can be effective as a ground cover cascading over walls and rocks in warm winter areas.

  • Grows up to 6-9 in. tall (15-22 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in light, well-drained soils. Tolerates part shade in hot summer areas. Too much or too little watering usually causes foliage to drop. This plant performs best with even moisture, but allow the top of the soil to mostly dry before rewatering.
  • Deer resistant, but attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Great in containers, and hanging baskets. Perfect in rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens, as a small-scale groundcover, or cascading over a wall where winter-hardy.
  • Pinch stem ends to promote branching.
  • Propagate by stem cuttings or seed.
  • No serious insect or disease issues. Watch for root rot in poorly drained soils, leaf spots, spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids.
  • Native to the Canary and Cape Verde Islands.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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