Dorycnium hirsutum ‘Fréjorgues’

Common Name : hairy canary cloverType : ShrubHabit : BushyHeight : 0.5-1 metresSpread : 10-50 cmFlower colour : White& PinkFlowering from : Juneto JulyFoliage : EvergreenFoliage colour : Grey-GreenHardiness : H5
Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters -15° to -10°
Sunlight : Full SunMoisture : Well-drainedSoil : Acid / Neutral / AlkalineSeason of interest : Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter

syn. Lotus hirsutus
Pink-tinged white pea-shaped flowers during late summer and autumn. Requires full sun to show off its silvery hairy foliage to full effect.
Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions. – creeping, soft-hairy woody subshrub. Produces flowers in axillary and terminal umbels of 4-10. Flowers are 2cm (¾in) long and are followed by reddish brown seed pods.


2020 – The remaining specimen (left) spent the winter very well.

2019- Passed the winter very well. The specimen on the right is a little “lying down”. Some new (seedling) shoots in the lawn at the beginning of May! Picked up a seedling and put it in a bucket. First flowers last week of May. Full bloom in early June. Left specimen completely crushed (by the rains?), pulled up with an iron stake mid June. Several plants in small cups. Only one specimen remains at the end of the season.

2018 – Has spent the winter well. One specimen clearly more beautiful than the other. Light pruning in April. First flowers on the less vigorous specimen on May 25th. Full bloom at the beginning of June. But short flowering period. Full fruit at the beginning of July. Left specimen huge development in July. Pruned in August, rather beautiful regrowth afterwards.

2017- Bought 2 specimens from the ESAT nursery on March 29th. Planted on 30th March in holes with sand + pozzolana. Good development, all in buds by May 15th. First flowers on May 26th. All in fruit at the beginning of July. Pruned by half to remove the fruit on July 10th. New shoots appear at the end of July.

H4, I4

2020 – Planted 2 specimens from spontaneous seedlings. Northern border, in place of Japanese spirea that had served their purpose!

See on garden plan - Coordinates: C09, H4, I4