Russell lupine

Lupinus Russell Hybrids

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Russell lupine (Lupinus Russell Hybrids)
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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.

Overview

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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