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Lotus maculatus


Ground covers, Perennials, Flowers

LOTUS

Produces trailing stems that are often completely prostrate. Leaves are divided into leaflets. Flowers are sweet pea shaped, in shades of red to yellow. Plants with the common name “Lotus” are not in this genus.

Lotus maculatus

Canary Island native resembling L. berthelotii. Grows to 8–12 in. high and 2–3 ft. wide. Known mainly through its selections. ‘Gold Flash’ has bright yellow flowers with striking orange-red markings; needs cool nights to set flower buds. ‘New Gold Flash’ (blossom color similar to that of ‘Gold Flash’) and ‘Amazon Sunset’ (bright orange-red) are similar in plant and flower form to ‘Gold Flash’, but they bloom better where nights remain warm.

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