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Lotus scoparius var. scoparius

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Lotus scoparius var. scoparius
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Lotus scoparius var. scoparius
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Lotus scoparius var. scoparius

Species Name: Lotus scoparius var. scoparius
Common Name: Deerweed

The ultimate butterfly plant, it is the larval and nectar food plant for many butterflies. It is a show stopper in spring, followed by summer dormancy.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Sprawling, with thin green stems
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow/red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: All of coastal California to Mexico; western Sierras; Sonoran Desert; Arizona
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand, desert slopes, flats, washes below 5000'

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