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Lotus tetragonolobus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lotus (LO-tus) (Info)
Species: tetragonolobus (tet-ra-gon-uh-LOW-bus) (Info)

Synonym:Tetragonolobus purpureus
Synonym:Tetragonolobus palaestinus
Synonym:Lotus palaestinus

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RiverNymph On Dec 16, 2012, RiverNymph from the Mountains, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

Actually, the entire plant is edible. Grows well in cooler climates. Doesn't tolerate heat very well. Be sure to shade with overhead netting or whatever you have handy. Pods, leaves, stems, all edible - and delicious.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This legume is not related to either asparagus or peas. Mentioned as early as 1734 by Philip Miller, one of the earliest garden writers. The pods are best when eaten small (under 1") and are good steamed or added to other vegetables. Thrives in poor soil. Beautiful purple flowers. Plants are low growing and spread laterally along the ground. Edible podded, 60-75 days.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Albany, California
Richmond, California
Montrose, Colorado
Barbourville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Ijamsville, Maryland

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