Parrots Beak

20 Jun

Parrots Beak (Lotus Berthelotii), evergreen, fast growing to 6 inches in height with a 3 ft. spread, yellow to scarlet red, parrot beak-shaped flowers bloom through spring and summer, silver-gray fern like foliage on long trailing stems, full sun to part shade, cascades, great in pots, attracts hummingbirds.

Lotus berthelotii is a perennial plant native to the Canary Islands, in the genus Lotus. It has a creeping or trailing habit, with leaves divided into 3-5 slender leaflets, each leaflet 1-2 cm long and 1 mm broad, densely covered with fine silvery hairs. The flowers are yellow to orange-red to red, peaflower-shaped, but slender, 2-4 cm long and 5-8 mm broad. This plant is either extinct in the wild or persists as a few individuals. In 1884 it was already classed as “exceedingly rare” and plant collection probably hastened its decline. Decline was most likely inevitable, however, because of lack of pollinators. The plant is obviously adapted to be pollinated by birds, but no such birds remain in the Canaries.

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