Parrot’s beaks are delicate bursts of vivid colour.
- Parrot’s beaks are a species of perennial flowering plant, native solely to the Canary Islands, located off the north-west coast of Africa.
- The scientific name of the parrot’s beak plant is Lotus berthelotii and it is from the family Fabaceae, the family of legumes.
- The blooms of parrot’s beaks are red to orange coloured and resemble the beak of a parrot.
- ‘Parrot’s beaks’ are also known as ‘coral gems’, ‘pelican’s beaks’, ‘lotus vines’, ‘cat claws’, and ‘pigeon beaks’ or by the Spanish for the same name – ‘pico de paloma’.
- A parrot’s beak plant will generally grow to a height of 15 to 30 centimetres (6 to 12 inches), and it is a creeper, so it tends to spread to a diameter of approximately 61 cm (24 inches) if grown on the ground.
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- Parrot’s beaks typically bloom during the late spring and early summer months.
- Parrot’s beaks grow best in conditions of full sun, and while they can be grown in part shade, they will usually not produce as many flowers.
- The leaves of parrot’s beaks are small and very narrow, and are a green-grey in colour.
- Parrot’s beaks are fittingly pollinated by birds, and are extremely rare or extinct in the wild.
- The parrot’s beak plant is typically grown for ornamental purposes, especially as a ground cover or carpet, and it is also grown in hanging baskets or pots.