Lupinus polyphyllus | Russell Lupine ‘Mini Blue & White’
Russell Lupine hybrids are perhaps the most popular named hybrid flower group in commerce today. They were developed in England by Yorkshire gardener George Russell in the early 1900s, and are still today one of the worlds favorite wildflowers. Sturdy and majestic, Lupines are not only noted for their beauty, but also for their ability to thrive in challenging environments. The most commonly known and widely cultivated Lupine species are known for growing tall, lush, spikes densely packed vividly colored, pea-shaped flowers and are known as Russell Lupine, or Garden Lupine, however this ‘Mini Blue & White’ Lupine was bred for its diminutive size, reaching just over a foot tall and less than a foot wide.
Lupinus polyphyllus is an early season perennial that may or may not take a year after planting to flower. If started early enough indoors there’s a good chance plants will bear blue and white flower spikes during the first year. The flowers are nectar & pollen rich and attract bees by the bunches. Bumblebees in particular are especially fond of Lupine.
Seeds grown from these plants may not be exact replicas of the parent plant, but will be similar in color and appearance.
Lupine seeds can be planted in just about any temperate region and climate. For best results, grow in full sun in moist, but well-drained soil, and protect young plants from slugs and snails. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage repeat-blooms. Will self-sow. Excellent for naturalizing. Not bothered by deer or rabbits.
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 14-16 inches
Mature width: 8-10 inches
Hardiness zones: 4-9