Hairy Canary Clover

Lotus hirsutus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lotus (LO-tus) (Info)
Species: hirsutus (her-SOO-tus) (Info)
Synonym:Dorycnium hirsutum



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Fairfield, California (2 reports)

Placerville, California

Pleasanton, California

Tacoma, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2016, Ronedog from Placerville, CA wrote:

I have 6 Hairy Canary Clover plants that have been growing in a mostly sunny location for about 5 years. I live in Placerville, California at 2,000 feet elevation in the foothills of the Sierras. We get a few days of snow here most years. I love this plant and have been trying to find more of them. They aren't invasive and stay put where they are. They make a great fairly low ground cover when planted in large groups and look beautiful year round. A great drought tolerant choice.


On Sep 19, 2013, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

This is an excellent plant for full-sun exposure in well-draining soil. We have one in a raised bed where it is allowed to cascade down the sides and bask in the sun. When it blooms, it is full of bees. The foliage is attractive in all seasons, and the only care it needs is an occasional trim of the dead flowers.


On Oct 13, 2009, joanna516 from Helsingborg,
Sweden wrote:

HI My Lotus has lots of dry seeds i would like to grow some more of lotus since i love this plant but i have no idea what to do with the seeds , any advice will be appriciate


On Aug 30, 2001, Baa wrote:

Syn: Dorycnium hirsutum

Small sub-shrub from Portugal and Mediterranean regions. Silvery hairs cover the small oval leaves making this a good shrub for areas you don't water much.

Pea flowers are held on top of the branches and are invariably white tinged with a very pale pink, brown hard shelled pods hold the small seeds.

Flowers June - September