Parrot's beak foliage
So I give you, Parrot's beak foliage glistening with rain drops from a recent rain; embellished with oil painting effect and kissed with sparkle dreaminess. Festive for the season!
Wondering why the unusual name? It's those orange-red, tinged with yellow flowers which many say resemble a "parrot's beak". I must say though I see lobster claws but that's probably a throw back thought to my many years around seafood. But no matter what one sees in the usually shaped flowers I believe there is no disputing the eye catching beauty of this Canary Island native. Parrot's beak or Lotus berthelotii makes a spectacular window box planting with its lovely silvery green textured foliage cascading over box edges and splashes of vivid flowers. A lover of full sun and well drained soil it is semi drought tolerate; a small drink every other day in the heat of our sizzling Southern California summer was all it needed. In fact it frowns on wet feet so take care not to over-water. .I found it tolerant of some shade in our USDA plant hardiness 9b zone but at a cost of less abundant blooms. I was delighted with its hardiness as this plant thrived from early spring until the present and is still going strong. Hailing from the tropics I know frost will not be its friend but that's still a ways down the road.
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