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How to Grow and Care for Lotus Vines

Lotus maculatus 'Gold Flame'

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringRed flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plantGolden Parrot's Beak Flowers of the Lotus VineHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
The Lotus Vine, or Golden Parrot's Beak is a deciduous, tender perennial plant from the Canary Islands
that is most often grown as an annual plant.
The foliage consists of fine, silvery blue, needle like 2" leaves.
Lotus Vines will grow 6"-8" tall, with a three foot spread.
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Lotus Vines are excellent for growing in hanging baskets or planters, as a creeping ground cover plant or allow them to cascade down a rockery or from the top of a wall for a stunning affect.
They produce lots of bright, 1" golden yellow flowers tipped with red or orange from late spring through early summer and occasionally again in early fall when the temperatures begin to cool.

Growing Requirements for Lotus Vines

For the best flowering, Lotus Vine plants should be grown in an area with full sun,
except in areas with very hot summers where they will need some shade during the afternoon.

Lotus vines will tolerate most slightly acidic soil types as long as it is drains fast.
Water regularly and thoroughly until your Lotus Vine is well established.
Once established, these plants are fairly drought tolerant but grow best when watered regularly.


Feed your Lotus Vine when new growth begins in early spring, using a balanced, slow release type fertilizer.
Pinch Lotus Vines to induce branching and prune them in the spring to keep them neat.

Lotus Vines grown in planters can be over-wintered indoors after carefully inspecting them for pests.
Keep them in a bright, well ventilated area at about 50°.

Propagating Lotus Vines and Growing Them from Seed

Lotus Vines can be easily propagated with stem cuttings taken during the summer months. Cuttings can also be taken in late winter, from over-wintered plants for spring planting in the garden.

Start Lotus Vine seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the
last killing frost in your area.
Maintain a temperature in the growing medium of 65°-75° until germination, which takes 14-21 days.
Golden Parrot's Beak
Lotus maculatus 'Gold Flame'
Golden Parrot's Beak Flowers of the Lotus Vine, Lotus maculatus