Height: 1-4' (30-120cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: White, yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, blue, purple ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder) Order: Fabales (Bean Order) Family: Papilionaceae (Pea Family) Genus: Lupinus (Lupin) Species: hybrids (hybrids) ____________________________________
Lupinus hybrids are some of the most popular garden plants, producing neat spikes of colour throughout the summer. There are about 200 species of Lupin, mostly from the Mediterranean, North Africa, or the Americas, but perhaps the most commonly grown are the Russell Hybrids, which grow to about 3-4', and the smaller Hybrids, some growing to only about a foot tall.
These Lupins are herbaceous perennials, dying down in the winter. From spring onwards, they form clumps of large rounded palmate leaves, which are slightly hairy, which provide good ground cover and suppress weeds. In summer they produce tall dense spikes of many small pea shaped flowers. Plants are available with a wide range of flower colours, including reds, pinks, blues, purples, yellows, orange, white and almost any combination of colours.
Lupins hybridise easily, so seeds from any particular colour flower will probably not produce plants with the same colour flowers as the parent plant.
Slugs and snails can be a problem, particularly on new growth.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Outside (5 days)
Any time of year
Inside or Deno
Seed Pod The seed pod is a small pea pod, opening into two halves along the sides, often curling
as it opens.
Seed The seeds are dark brown or speckled beans. There are several seeds in a seed pod.
Seedling The two seedleaves are fat and rounded, and the first true leaves are lobed.
Seeds often germinate faster if they are nicked slightly and/or soaked in warm water before sowing.
(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
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