Lotus jacobaeus
Black-flowered Lotus
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Lotus jacobaeus

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Common name: Black-flowered Lotus

Special Notes: A rarely seen evergreen shrub from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, the Black-flowered lotus produces velvety black/purple blooms almost year around.  The foliage is grey-green.
Family: Fabaceae
Native to: Cape Verde Islands
Form: Evergreen shrub
Size: 2 to 3 feet high
Blooms: Almost year around
Attracts: Bees
Flowers: Velvety black/purple
Light: Full to part sun
Water: Moderate to Low
Hardiness: Protect from hard frosts
Soil: Any well-draining soil