(12-36" tall x 10-18" wide) Wild Lupine adds a memorable element to the late spring garden with showy clusters of blue-purple flowers that rise above its palm-shaped leaves. Favored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, this low maintenance perennial is also the host plant for the endangered Karner Blue butterfly, which is native to the Great Lakes region. A member of the pea or legume family, Wild Lupine fixes nitrogen in the soil, enhancing the availability of this vital nutrient. Wild Lupine is native to much of the Midwest and Eastern North America, including states along the Gulf Coast. Plant in a sun to part shade location in dry, sandy soils with good drainage, where so many other plants fail (avoid clay). Once established it is a drought-tolerant, hardy perennial. Interestingly, as the seed pods of the lupine dry out, they explode, ejecting their seeds at a distance, creating beautiful masses of spring flowers. Plant wild lupine with other spring bloomers such as Oriental Poppy, Iris, Columbine, Peonies, and mid-to-late spring blooming bulbs. Suitable for zones 3-8.
AM018651 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
AM018632 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Late spring to summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Green clumps of palmate leaves.
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Dry, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings, Soil Enhancer
Host plant for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to all cattle grazing animals.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|