Wild Lupine

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Wild Lupine is a treasure of the late spring garden, with unmistakable lobed foliage and delicate spikes of soft blue-lavender flowers that seem to dance in the breeze. This native jewel is a pollinator favorite perennial that looks spectacular when planted in drifts or to add texture and cool colors to your spring perennial garden. Beautiful as cut flowers too, so be sure to plant extra for bouquets. (Lupinus perennis)
Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Native
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Great For Mass Plantings
Soil Enhancer
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size12-36" tall , 10-18" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to summer
SKUAM018674

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(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.
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Associated SKUsAM018674
AM018651 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
AM018632 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Wild Lupine
Botanical Name
Lupinus perennis
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
10-18" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Late spring to summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Green clumps of palmate leaves.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Well Draining
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings, Soil Enhancer
Additional Information
Host plant for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to all cattle grazing animals.
Item Unit
Plant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
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