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ADo Lupines Spread

ADo Lupines Spread

Do Lupines Spread

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.

Lupine

For seeds: Lupine seeds can be planted in very early spring, but tend to do better if planted in late spring and allowed to overwinter, blooming in the following spring like foxgloves. They have a very tough seed coat, and it’s a good idea to either soak seeds for 24-48 hours, or roughen them between two sheets of sandpaper before planting. Cover lightly with soil (1/8”) and tamp down the seeds well – making sure they make good soil to seed contact. Water in, and if the weather is dry, water lightly until germination which can take up to 10 days.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.

The Russell Lupine Mix creates a dramatic, colorful statement with tall flower spikes that bloom in a variety of shades. Like all lupines, this mixture is very easy to grow and will quickly become a permanent fixture in your wildflower meadow or garden. Russell Lupine is deer resistant and the colorful blooms call to be cut and brought inside for summer arrangements! All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial. In addition to limitations with reproducing desired hybrid traits, lupine species have the potential to become a problem when grown from seed or planted outside their natural range. In their native habitat, lupines don't dominate the indigenous plant community, but they've have shown a tendency to spread aggressively in other regions. The Arctic lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis) has raised such concerns in Iceland, where it was recently introduced, and in New Zealand lupines that were imported for gardens are now considered a problem weed. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)

 

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