Lupin

A star in the garden!
Common name : Lupin
Scientific name : Lupinus spp.
Family : Fabaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Rough 'n tough
Rough 'n tough
Weed
Weed
Invader
Invader
Lupinus - Lupin or lupine - is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae with over 200 species native to North and South America and widely cultivated as a food source and as ornamental plants. They are mostly herbaceous perennials 0.3–1.5 m (0.98–4.92 ft) tall, some annuals and a few shrubs up to 3 m (9.8 ft) tall ( an exception being Lupinus jaimehintoniana, a 8 m (26 ft) tall tree) with green to grey-green, sometimes hairy leaves and dense or open whorls of 1-2 cm long pea-like flowers on an erect spike.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 60 - 120
pH 7

Identify my lupin

The lupine is remarkable with its erect floral stalks covered with flowers - with a wide variety of colors! - and its foliage cuts are very original. It is also grown, did you know? - in agriculture.

Sow my lupin

Lupins are not difficult and are grown on any soil, even on rocky ground. On the other hand, do not start your sowing until your soil has warmed up, that is around the end of April. For proper ground cover, sow 3 seeds per hole every 20 cm or so.

Plant my lupin

Plant lupines in the fall or in spring. Allow 3 to 4 feet per square meter, creating tufts of color: it will encourage multiplication, and it looks better! Prefer a sunny place, not burning, better partially shaded. Some dwarf varieties are good at being planted in pots.

Water my lupin

Lupine is not demanding, but it still prefers to keep its feet cool! Water your potted plants during the summer, at least once a week, and the seedlings in case of hot weather or prolonged drought. Do not hesitate to water generously in the evening to avoid evaporation during the day.

Mulch my lupin

Lupins appreciate a rather cool soil: you will mulch their base to keep the humidity and a certain freshness for the whole summer.

Prune my lupin

Once the stems are faded, cut them to the shortest: you will encourage a new flowering in the fall!

Propagate my lupin

Propagation is easy, by dividing the tuft in the fall. Every 4 to 5 years it is a good way to renew your plants - even to share with neighbors or friends!

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