Lupines’ can be hardy annuals, half hardy annuals or hardy perennials.
They reach from 30cm to 1.5 m in height depending upon species and variety.
They have stiff erect spikes that carry pea like flowers.
Lupine flowers are a variety of colours including purple, blue, pink, white and yellow.
The perennial varieties of lupines’ come into bloom in the summer, annual varieties will flower about two months after being sown. Common names for Lupines’ include Lupin, Lupine, Bluebonnet and Texas Bluebonnet. Lupine, is a tall perennial with spiky flowers that add grace to any garden. It grows wild in many parts of the world. Lupines’ are easily recognized, with a distinctive leaf consisting of many narrow, pointed leaflets, and a tall spike with many individual flowers around the central stem. Even without the spiky blooms , the pal mated foliage and plants look like a small group of miniature palm trees
Lupines’ prefer to be in full sun but will grow in part shade. It is no good growing them under dark, dank trees in deep shade or waterlogged sites. Very chalky soils are not recommended, but anything else is acceptable. Lupin flowers at their best in May and June. A second flush can be encouraged by not allowing the first flowers to set seed and cut them as son as they have flowered. The tall 2’6″ spikes can be very striking in colours from white, deep purple through reds and yellows to various bi-coloured varieties.
Lupin plants grow well from seed which is hard and round like a small pea. I soak my seeds for a couple hours before planting them to a cell plastic pots, but fibre pots may be better to avoid root disturbance. Direct sowing or taking cuttings from new growth early in the year are other ways of propagating.
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