A colourful, unlabelled mixture of single and bicolour flowers. Structure, beauty and good value.
Lupins are a grandiose highlight in any summer garden, where their sweetly fragranced flowers perform for weeks on end. The soft, palmate foliage is a lush addition to garden beds.
Russell Lupins grow best in full sun and will naturalise easily. Their extraordinary colour display includes a range of blue, pink, yellow, cream, burgundy, purple and bicolour flowers. They flower at the same time as Bearded Iris, many Clematis and Peonies.
Plant Lupins in a sunny, well drained, compost rich soil. Add liquid fertiliser regularly when in growth for maximum flower power. Remove spent flowers back to the next bud to tidy and encourage more to grow, while allowing some to produce seeds for future generations.
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 moister. 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. It is a good idea to protect your Russell Lupins from slugs and snails, as they find them delicious.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Unavailable in WA, TAS
Full Sun to Semi Shade