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Lupinus Genus

Lupin

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Lupinus genus (Lupin). This genus consists of about 200 species of annuals, perennials and semi-evergreen and evergreen shrubs and subshrubs. They produce upright spikes of showy pea-flowers in a range of colours including blue, purple, pink, white, yellow, orange and red. They are fully to frost hardy, and will prefer sun with well drained, alkaline soil.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Semi-evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

Mediterranean, N Africa, America

Interest and use

Grown for their large, imposing racemes of pea-like flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies

Cultivation

They prefer climates with cool wet winters and long dry summers. They should be planted in full sun with well-drained, moderately fertile, slightly acidic sandy soil. They need plenty of water in the growing season. Remove seed heads of most varieties to prevent self seeding.

Propagation

By seed for species when fresh in autumn, and forms by basal cuttings from non-flowering side-shoots in spring or early summer. You can also propagate by seed, when fresh in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to fungal rot, leaf spot, slugs and mildew

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