Lotus berthelotii - the lotus vine flower - is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, endemic to the Canary Islands but almost extinct in the wild, and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for its needle-like silvery foliage and red flowers, and drought tolerance.
It is a subshrub with a creeping or trailing habit, leaves divided into 3-5 slender leaflets, each leaflet 1–2 cm, densely covered with fine silvery hairs, and orange-red to red, peaflower-shaped, 2–4 cm long flowers.
Sowing & planting
20 - 40
5.8 - 6.4
Sow my lotus vine
Quick note : The lotus vine flower will not tolerate frosts below -3 ° C. In cold climates, a young plant or a seedling might not always flower in the first year. You will need to shelter it away from the cold during winter, in a bright room for it to bloom the following year.
Sow in open soil in mild climates, possibly mixed with other annuals.
In January-February, sow in a box - transplant the plants 2 to 4 weeks later and place them in the ground in May.
Dibble my lotus vine
Plant the seedlings between two and four weeks after planting (as soon as the plant is sufficiently developed to be handled).
Carefully separate the seedlings and replant individually in a bucket filled with transplanting soil, or a mixture of soil and well-decomposed compost. Water copiously at the plantation, then every day during the first weeks.
Plant my lotus vine
About two months after sowing, and 6 weeks after transplanting, the plants have grown strong enough to be placed in the open soil.
Plant them in finely worked beds (spaded, scratched and raked), when the last spring frosts are over. Once the bed is properly prepared, make a small hole with a transplanter, remove the plant from its bucket, put it in the hole, and compact the soil to put it in contact with the roots.
Respect a spacing between the plants corresponding to one third of its intended width. Water copiously to promote rooting.
Mulch my lotus vine
You can mulch between the plants one to two weeks after planting with the aid of a mulch which holds in moisture. This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.
Water my lotus vine
Watering might be needed during summer bloom, and should be monitored for potted snapdragons.
Water seeds and seedlings gently in fine mist, being careful not to drown them. Once in open soil or in pots, and well developed, the plants will sustain the use of a watering jet or watering can, morning or evening. Inside, always be careful not to wet the foliage too much, it would promote diseases.
Shelter my lotus vine
Your lotus vine flower will not tolerate frosts, but they are not suited to living room life either! They need to be sheltered in a bright, and cold place, like a veranda.
Put outside my lotus vine
Your lotus vine flower will be much better outside once the fear of the big frosts is past due! Out!