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Lotus heermannii var. heermannii

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Lotus heermannii var. heermannii
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Lotus heermannii var. heermannii
Lotus heermannii var. heermannii
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Lotus heermannii var. heermannii
Lotus heermannii var. heermannii
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Lotus heermannii var. heermannii

Species Name: Lotus heermannii
Common Name: Heermann's Bird's Foot Trefoil

This low-growing Lotus has a beautiful display of yellow and red pea-like flowers in the spring and then goes dormant in summer and fall. It would make a lovely groundcover in an informal setting where it can come and go with the seasons.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2in.x spreading
Growth Habit: Prostrate, often mat-forming
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: March - October
Flower Color: Yellow and red
Endangered?:
Distribution: North Coast, Outer North Coast Ranges, Central Coast, Outer South Coast Ranges, South Coast, San Bernardino, Peninsular Ranges, Colorado Desert
Natural Habitat: Washes, riverbanks and canyons to 6000', coastal sage scrub, chaparral, mostly interior to desert edge

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