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Lotus berthelotii is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the Canary Islands, evergreen seeds; it has a climbing or prostrate habit, it reaches 25-30 cm in height, but it tends to widen very quickly, forming a large bush; the stems of this plant are thin, they carry long linear leaves, of green-silver or bluish color, they are verticillate or re-united in small fascetti. Usually the stems are the same color as the leaves, or they can be reddish, flexible and prostrate; from March to October the lotus produce innumerable medium-sized flowers, in the shape of a beak or flame, gathered upwards. Very suitable to be cultivated in hanging baskets, these plants can be planted even in rock gardens, like ground cover plants. The lotus tend to take on a very enlarged and quite disordered shape, to keep them more compact it is advisable to trim excessively long branches.
place the Lotus berthelotii in a sunny or partially shaded place; these plants can flourish luxuriantly even in shady places, but with poor flower production. Remember that they fear the cold, so during the cold months they shelter in a cold or temperate greenhouse, or they are cultivated as annuals in the garden; in areas where the cold season remains quite mild the lotus sometimes completely lose the aerial part, but reappear the following year.
these plants can withstand periods of drought, they are watered when the soil has been dry for several days, from March to October. Every 15-20 days the fertilizer for flowering plants is added to the water.
place the Lotus berthelotii in a fairly rich and well-drained soil; you can prepare an ideal soil by mixing two parts of balanced soil with a part of sand and lapillus of different grain size.
This plant is a species that adapts very well even to poor soils and can give its best in rock gardens. The heat, the sun and the dry soil are conditions that enhance the Lotus berthelotii, which with this combination of factors is able to give its best by giving splendid blooms.
in late spring they are sown outdoors, when temperatures are above 15-20 ° C; in July-August apical cuttings can be taken, which generally root with great ease.
Lotus berthelotii: Pests and diseases
As for the diseases of the Lotus berthelotii, these plants are generally not affected by pests or diseases, although they can occasionally be infested by mites or aphids.