A picture of a Coral Gem

Coral Gem

Lotus berthelotii

Also known as

Parrot's Beak, Trefoil, Coral gem, Pelican's beak

Photo by Driehoek-farm (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

5m

30cm

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Coral Gem Overview

Perennial groundcover with grey leaves and striking orange-red flowers. Waterwise and hardy, it is a good choice for rockeries and pots where it will cascade over the edges. A long flowering season makes this a popular plant in gardens, although in the natural habitat it is almost extinct. The pollinators are considered to be birds and although the garden plants get plenty of pollen, it rarely set fruit or seed.

Common problems with Coral Gem

Problem-free

How to harvest Coral Gem

Not usually harvested.

How to propagate Coral Gem

Layering

Place a rock or bit of soil over a shoot. Remove it after it have formed new roots and replant.

Cuttings

You can propagate from cuttings in early summer or from seed in autumn or spring.

Seed

Special features of Coral Gem

Attracts birds

Birds are the pollinator of the flowers.

Drought resistant

Waterwise option.

Pot plant

Cascade down hanging baskets.

Other uses of Coral Gem

Grown for its interesting flowers.