Lupin - Purple ( Lupinus) Lupine Flower Bluebonnet Lupines Open Pollinated Flower
Height to 36 in
Lupins are fantastic architectural plants and make excellent additions to cottage gardens, borders and meadows. Extremely easy to grow and deer resistant.
- Prefers sunny site
- Well draining soil
- Lupine seeds can be direct sown in autumn where winters are mild.
- Allow plant to reseed itself or remove brown dry pods and scatter where you want.
- OR start indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date; scarify seeds by chipping, or soak in water for 24 hours prior to sowing.
- Sow 1/8″ deep, and maintain a coolish soil temperature of 12-18°C (55-65°F). Seeds should germinate in 14-60 days.
- Very showy display between late spring to mid summer
- Foliage is also decorative; resembles palm leaves with 7-10 segments each
- Perennial shrubs which start into growth after the last frosts, produce their first flush of flowers in late May / June and can continue flowering into early August if dead-headed correctly.
- Cut the plant to the base in fall
- Lupin beans can be eaten raw or cooked. In south america they're often soaked in salt and eaten raw as a snack or roasted and eaten like peanuts
- Lupin flour has been shown to lower blood pressure and insulin sensitivity; lupins are high in protein and fiber
- Attracts bees butterflies and hummingbirds!
- Seed Count: 10