Where There's Smoke...There's Fiya!

|Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' bloom detail|

|Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' bloom detail|

Well, it looks like The Plant Provocateur forecast is gonna be a hot one!  Staring at these flowers almost feels like looking at flames licking up at you from your computer screen.  For your viewing pleasure, may I present the flor-optical illusion of Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' also commonly referred to as the Lotus Vine or Parrot's Beak. Not to be confused with the flowering water plant commonly called Lotus.  This particular lotus is a hybrid of the original botanically named Lotus maculata.

|Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' profile|

|Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' profile|

Lotus Vine comes to us from the Spanish archipelago known as the Canary Islands. It's a creeping perennial that is both a spiller and a thriller.  It looks amazing when planted atop walls or tall containers and allowed to cascade over in a spill of bluish-green leaflets that in mass look like soft billows of smoke.  When the warm weather hits, suddenly, out of nowhere, little flames begin to ignite and then suddenly you've got tiny fiery flowers everywhere.  The look is very tropical moderno.  Muy caliente baby!  During the spring months you can find this little fire starter at most nurseries.  In areas with cold winters, Lotus makes a spectacular annual.  In places where the winters are warm and mild it makes for a perennial with passion.  A burning passion.  Now to get the fire started you need to give this plant full sun to partial shade, well-draining soil, and regular water.  Try it in a hanging basket or in places where it can spill and do its thing.  If it starts to get long and scraggly prune it back some to encourage new growth and new flowers.  The bees and the butterflies will love you.  So, if you need a little spark in your park, whether it be a balcony, backyard, or beyond check out Lotus 'Amazon Sunset' and let its beauty burn!