Creeping, soft-hairy pea-family groundcover. So far, I've detected no invasive tendencies (unlike the somewhat similar plant restharrow, Ononis repens). The flowers are nicest when seen up close.
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We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Valerie Wenham||Sep 01, 2005||Your excellent picture of Dorycnium (lotus)hirsutus helped me identify a plant I last saw growing at Picton Castle garden in Wales two years ago. It's taken me all this time to discover what it was, but now I have bought one from the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley.
Would you know whether this could be planted in a container? I note it requires dry soil. I live on the borders of London, and we are experiencing largely dry weather this summer (watering every evening), but we have a river at the bottom of our garden - not the Thames! and so our water table is relatively high.|
I'm glad my site was helpful. I think a container would work well, if you give it a well-draining soil mixture. Ours is planted in a garden area that doesn't get excellent drainage, but it hasn't minded its lot.
|Valerie Wenham||May 19, 2008||See above - somewhat belatedly, you may be interested to know that my lotus was good last year - not so happy this year as yet - but I did manage to cultivate several plants from seed. Sun is at a premium in this shady garden, but I'm going to try several in a large tub and see what happens - I will try lots of gravel in the planting misture for drainage.|
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