Dorycnium hirsutum, or hairy canary clover, is a species of flowering plant in the nitrogen-fixing legume family, Fabaceae. It is a low-growing, mounding, semi-evergreen sub-shrub, averaging 20–50 centimetres in height. Its habit is prostrate, spreading up to 60 cm, with soft, greyish-white, fuzzy foliage. The flowers are white with pink veins, borne in terminal umbels of four to ten flowers from May to July. The fruits are cylindrical, reddish-brown seed pods. The common Portuguese name means 'hairy sausage grass', probably in reference to the seed pods.
Plant in full sun with little or no watering - it is very drought tolerant once established and is ideal for exposed coastal gardens. It is perfect for the water-wise landscape, where it can be used as a ground cover. Its quiet charm makes it a great complement to colourful flowers. It thrives in alkaline soils, is hardy, can be cut back to encourage attractive new foliage and will often self-seed. It is a useful plant for softening the edge of a path, over low stones or in a border.
Dorycnium hirsutum is naturally widespread throughout the northern Mediterranean from Portugal east through Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, as well as Crete, Corsica and the Balearic Islands.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.