Pronounciation: LOW-tus ber-the-LOT-ee-i
Sunset 13-24 as tender perennial
USDA 1-9 as summer annual, 10-12 as tender perennial
Landscape Use: Tender ground cover for color borders and color rock gardens, great container plant, hanging basket.
Form & Character: Evergreen, spreading and trailing, tender, refined, interesting, informal.
Growth Habit: Prostrate and spreading to 3 feet wide, but only 6 inches tall.
Foliage/Texture: Glaucous silver, densely pubescent, compound with 3 to 5 needle-like leaflets per leaf, leaves to 1 inch long; fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Clusters of orange or red flowers, slender, pea flower shaped to 2 inches long; flowers are self incompatible, thus fruit set in cultivated settings is rare.
Seasonal Color: Blooms during spring and summer.
Temperature: Frost sensitive, freeze intolerant.
Light: Partial sun in Phoenix, no direct western exposure.
Soil: Tolerant of mild soil alkalinity, sandy well drained.
Watering: Regular irrigations in desert areas.
Pruning: Relative little needed except to occassionally control spread.
Propagation: Mostly by cutting, some seed
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Parrot's beak is not a common bedding landscape plant in Phoenix. However, it is a great herbaceous plant as a hanging basket under a covered patio. The flowers are very unusual and showy, and are believed to have evolved for bird pollination.