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Wild Lupine

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Overview
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)
key features
Botanical Name
Lupinus perennis
Advantages
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers, Mass Plantings, Soil Enhancing
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Mature Spread
10-18" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to summer

Description

(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.