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ALupine Images

ALupine Images

Lupine Images

We adore these prolific Lupines because they don’t wimp out with rust and mildew in our foggy coastal climate like the commonly available ‘Russell Hybrids.’ Handsome palmate leaves create an attractive foliar mound topped by an ongoing display of elegant pure white FRAGRANT 12” spikes from mid-Spring thru Fall. Beautiful in bouquets, cutting spent spikes keeps new ones coming. Cut back in Winter or anytime to refresh. Side-dress with 1-2” of compost in early Spring and again in Summer for showiest show. To 3’ tall and across. Goes deciduous in Winter but returns reliably each Spring. A great plant for attracting butterflies and bees and deer hate it! Deer resistant.

Lupine

The federally endangered Karner blue butterfly relies on Lupinus perennis as a larval host plant. For that reason there is considerable interest in reestablishing colonies of lupine. Trying to transplant an adult plant is a waste of time, but colonies are easy to start from seed, assuming the location is sandy and sunny, with little competition from weeds. The seedlings develop a tap root quickly and benefit from watering while they are getting established. Seeds should be scarified to enable water to be more easily absorbed through the very hard seed coat.The use of this plant for medicinal purposes is not recommended as it is quite toxic and potentially fatal. Toxicity in lupine is believed to result primarily from the alkaloid D-lupaine. The signs of lupine poisoning can develop within an hour or may take as long as a day. They include twitching, nervousness, and depression, difficulty in moving and breathing, and loss of muscular control. If large quantities were consumed, convulsions, coma, and death by respiratory paralysis may occur. Native Americans brewed a leaf tea and drank it cold to treat nausea and internal hemorrhaging. They also used it as a fodder for horses to fatten them and make them "spirited and full of fire".

Silver lupine, white-leaf bush lupine, or evergreen lupine, is a perennial species native to California, Oregon, and northern Baja. It grows along the coast, foothills of the Sierras and into the mountains, in dry and open meadows, prairies and forest clearings. It is a member of several plant communities, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, northern coastal scrub, foothill woodland, and yellow pine forest. It is a perennial shrub, taking up about 2 feet of space and reaching 5 feet. It has a light blue to violet flower on 3-12 inch (7.6-30 centimeter) stalks. The leaves are silver with a feathery texture. There are four recognized varieties in California that are found in different parts of the state and having some differences in habit and requirements.The colourful spikes of Lupines are an unforgettable sight in the early summer border. Plants grow best in a deep, rich soil, slightly on the acidic side. This compact selection features tall spires of pink flowers in late spring through early summer. The ‘Gallery Series’ hybrids were developed from the species Lupinus polyphyllus, a North American native hailing from the Pacific Northwest. As these are biennial or short-lived perennials, allow some plants to set seed for future generations, or trim back hard after flowering is over. Flower spikes are great for cutting. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten. (Source: www.perennials.com)

 

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