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Lupinus Russell Hybrids (Russell lupine)

Lupinus Russell Hybrids Photo/Illustration: Charles Mann


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lupinus Russell Hybrids loo-PY-nus Common Name: Russell lupine Genus: Lupinus
Russell hybrid lupines are widely available and available in myriad colors. They produce spikes of pea-like flowers in early and midsummer on 30-36-inch plants.
Noteworthy characteristics: Easy to start from seed.
Care: Provide full sun and sandy, lightly acidic soil.
Propagation: The large, beanlike seeds of lupines can be slow to germinate without winter stratification. Lightly abrading the seed coat with sandpaper will allow water to penetrate and speed germination. Legume seeds are long-lived and will come right up even if old.
Problems: Downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal and bacterial spots, damping off, Southern blight.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Summer
Flower Color Blue Flower; Pink Flower; Red Flower; White Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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