Acmispon heermannii

Woolly Lotus

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 0.5' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This mat forming lotus grows in mountains in much of the southern half of California. Somewhat surprising, its range moves more inland as one moves south. Woolly lotus grows as a very flat groundcover, more like a vine than a perennial. The compound leaves are composed of several round, apple-green, hairy leaflets. Like many members of the pea family, Fabiaceae, wooly lotus has rather ornate flowers. The lower surfaces of the petals are orange-red. The upper surfaces are bright yellow, so the bloom is a combination of firework shades of flame. The seed pods open with masses of downy seed heads, adding to the woolly appearance of this unique plant. Woolly lotus appreciates a half day of sun and well-draining soil. It can be difficult to transition to the landscape. Fall planting - as always - seems to help.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous