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Lotus purshianus var. purshianus

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Species Name: Lotus purshianus var. purshianus
Common Name: Spanish Lotus or Spanish clover

A small lotus with small pinkish pea-like flowers. Prefers to grow in open, dry, disturbed areas. Larvae food source for the Afranius Dusky Wing and Acmon Blue butterflies.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 6"-12" H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen:
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 7200'
Flower Season: May to September
Flower Color: Cream to Pink Petals with red veins
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout CA (except Sonoran Desert). Also found outside California Nothwards to Canada, the central US and Mexico.
Natural Habitat: Coast, chaparral, mtn forests, water courses, and roadsides and other weedy area. Elevation: <7200'

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