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Shrubby Deervetch, Wiry Lotus, Desert Rock Pea
Scientific Name: Lotus rigidus (Benth.) Greene
Synonym: Hosackia rigida
Family: Fabaceae
Shrubby Deervetch, Wiry Lotus, Desert Rock Pea (Lotus  rigidus)
Lotus rigidus, photo Gary A. Monroe. Mojave Desert Preserve, San Bernardino Co., CA. April 18, 2003
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 7b-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah), northwestern Mexico (Baja california), on dry rocky slopes, at up to 5500 feet elevation (1600 m)

Growth Habits: Perennial, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm); thin stems; pinnately compound leaves, 1 inch long (2.5 cm) with 3 to 5 leaflets

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: Seeds

Blooming Habits:
The Wiry Lotus bears yellow, pea-like flowers, tinged with orange-red, 1 inch long (2.5 cm), in late winter to mid spring.

Fruiting Habits:

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