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Perennial Flower Profile – Lupine

May 29th, 2009 · 6 Comments

2nd Year Lupine Plant

2nd Year Lupine Plant

My fiancncé brought home some flower seeds a few years back and Lupine was one of them.  I was happy with the germination percentage and gave it a shot in the ground to see what happens.  We were very into settling on perrenials and giving them space in the flower garden.  The lupine did not flower the first year but did have attractive folliage.  The next year it surprised me coming back with a vengence.  Maybe it was because of the mulch I put down around it but I think I need to give this plant a bit more credit.  It really surprised me and

What Beautiful Blooms!!

Some cool facts from Wikipedia about Lipine:

Like most members of their family, lupins can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into ammonia, fertilizing the soil for other plants.

The yellow legume seeds of lupins, commonly called lupin beans, were popular with the Romans, who spread the plant’s cultivation throughout the Roman Empire; hence common names like lupini in Romance languages. Lupin beans are commonly sold in a salty solution in jars (like olives and pickles) and can be eaten with or without the skin. Lupins are also cultivated as forage and grain legumes.

I have fallen in love with this easy to take care of perrenial that spreads its seed freely every year.  If you wanted to let it go you could wind up with a whole meadow of these babys.  How cool is that?  Or if you want to keep them from spreading the little plants are easy to pull up.

Wild Lupine!

Wild Lupine!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BobMarche // Jun 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  • 2 David // Jun 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Your Welcome =)

  • 3 no name // Jul 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    These are great plants. I bought one for almost 12 dollars at a nursery when it was in full bloom… then i tried growing my own from seeds.

    $1.79 got me 12 plants of all different colors

    Now I am trapping the seed pods and storing for winter. We will see if I can grow them my own.

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  • 5 Lisa // Mar 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I love lupines, both cultivated and wild. Alas, the slugs in my Northern California garden love them to death.

  • 6 Beth // Mar 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    We started a vegestable garden and up came a lupine plant. It has grown so tall that I have had to stake it. It has very thin stalks ie, multiple stalks and just keeps growing. It is now about 3 ft tall with about 15 stalks. Why?

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