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Wild Lupine

Lupinus perennis

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Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) at Minor's Garden Center

Wild Lupine in bloom

Wild Lupine in bloom

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Sundial Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid's Bonnets

Description:

A valued native variety producing spikes of eye catching flowers of blue-violet; a tremendous visual impact massed in the garden, border plantings or in containers

Ornamental Features

Wild Lupine features bold spikes of blue pea-like flowers with violet overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its palmate leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wild Lupine is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Wild Lupine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wild Lupine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in clay soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $5.49

 
 
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