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Lupinus polyphyullus. One of the most beloved early summer perennials, these prized large-leafed hybrids were bred originally by Englishman George Russell and introduced in the late 1930's. Today's line of Russell Hybrids is considered to be the foremost Lupine selection with large, upright, densely flowering, colorful spires comprised of sweet pea-like flowers. Lupines hate any sort of root disturbance so it is best to direct-sow Lupine seed into the garden after all threat of frost has passed in spring. If you must start indoors for transplant out, use individual cells or peat pots~not flats. They like full to partial sun and slightly acidic to neutral pH soil (5.6 to 7.0). Although they will not bloom the first season, these incredible flowers are well worth the wait. Imagine banks of colorful Lupines flanking old stone walls, stretching along woodlands and dotting fields like wildflowers that had been there forever. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 4-8. Spring to early summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48".

Average seed life: 2 years.

The Chatelaine Lupine

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Pink and white bicolor. HZ: 4-8.

One packet of about 100 seeds
Catalog #7950
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Availability: In stock


Gardening Tips

Lupine Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:4”-6”
Plant Spacing:12”-15”
Days to Germination:20-25 days
Germination Temperature:55°-70°F

Lupinus polyphyllus. Lupines should be direct sown outside after the threat of frost has passed. Prepare a bed in full to partial sunlight with rich, well-draining soil and protection from wind. Soak the seed for 24 hours in tepid water prior to sowing. It may also be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of spring frost has passed. Use peat pots or seed starting cells to avoid root disturbance. Provide even moisture and strong light. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside over 1 to 2 weeks. When the seedlings are 2" tall, thin or transplant to 12" to 15" apart. Seedlings may vary in growth or vigor depending on color. Water regularly and mulch to keep roots cool and retain moisture. Lupines will bloom the second season. Spring to early summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48".

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