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Although they are considered a perennial, individual plants usually do not survive more than a few years. But because they are also incredibly productive self-seeders, new starts usually come up to keep the stock alive and well.Lupines are a herbaceous perennial plant. Much like with growing hostas or daylilies, the foliage of lupine dies back completely to the ground each year, and new growth emerges each spring from the roots below.
A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy and Rudbeckia) for an extended season of color. Growing to be about 12-36” tall, Lupine is a great choice for the front of the meadow or garden bed. Extremely easy to grow and deer resistant, this perennial flower blooms year after year. Seeds are 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Two of the major wild perennial lupine species of North America are now hopelessly crossed and confused by almost every seed grower. L. perennis, the basic blue wild species has been mixed with the taller L. polyphyllus (originally from the Pacific northwest and also blue) which was used years ago to make the famous "Russell Hybrid Lupines" in reds, yellows, and bicolors. So today, what you plant should be mostly blue, but may show some breaks to the other colors, adding a rainbow to your meadow. The blue-flowered plants are always the most permanent.
Some of our favorite wildflowers across the United States are lupines, from the Texas bluebonnet (L. texensis), to the eye-popping displays of violet-blue Arroyo (L.succulentus) and L. polyphyllus running up the Northern Pacific Coast. Perennial lupine, the classic old-favorite is still wildly popular, as are the impressive Russell hybrids (bred from Perennial lupines during the 20th century) which come in shades of red, white, cream, orange, pink, purple as well as in bi-colored variations. The most important thing to note before planting Lupines, is that they are available as both annuals and perennials. While Lupine seeds may yield both annual (life cycle complete in one growing season) and perennial (long-lived, coming back each spring) varieties, potted Lupine plants are typically perennial cultivars. (Source: www.americanmeadows.com)