The intense colouring of these small scale perennials is striking. Their fine-looking, palmate leaves provide a lush base for the statuesque blooms to shine. They are so wonderfully compact you can even grow them in pots (don’t forget to water).
Dwarf Minarette Lupins are herbaceous perennials and grow best in full sun and will naturalise easily. Their extraordinary colouring includes a range of blue, pink, yellow, cream, burgundy, purple and bicolour flowers.
It is a good idea to protect your Dwarf Minarette Lupins from slugs and snails who find them delicious.
Lupin is from the Latin word for wolf, Lupine. They were so named because of the old credence that Lupins robbed the soil of its richness, because they were found growing in areas of poor, sandy soils. Of course now we know, as member of the pea/legume family (Fabaceae), their roots actually have the ability to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere into plant nutrients.
Plant into moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny to part shade position. Water to establish, and if rainfall is low during flowering they appreciate a bit of moisture. They don’t like to be cold and wet in their dormancy (this is how I lose mine each year – still I have no issue replanting extras each year as they are so gorgeous and the bees and butterflies adore them and there is usually a seedling or three that makes it through). You can collect the seeds for sowing next season. Cut the foliage back in late autumn to tidy, it will reshoot mid spring.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Cool to Mediterranean
Unavailable in WA, TAS
Full Sun to Semi Shade