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Lupine - Russell
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This hardy perennial is well worth your while. A nitrogen-fixing, easy-to-grow legume that self-sows readily and enjoys cool summers, this tall (30-in) plant provides long-lasting flower spikes in luscious shades of salmon, lavender, blue, orange and lemon beginning in the second year. Bees and butterflies love them. Blue lupines in particular make useful fabric dye. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden favorite.
Direct sow outdoors in July, cut back plant to stop flowering in the first year. Mulch heavily to over-winter. Lupine likes full sun, moist, alkaline and well drained soil.
valuable pollinator attractor resource
wonderful cut flower
soaking seeds overnight speeds up seed sprouting
caution: flowers and seeds are considered toxic if eaten
blue flowers especially make useful fabric dye hues of chartreuse and buttery yellow
studies suggests lupines may deter knapweed spread
Latin Name: Lupinus poluphyllus
Seed Count: 25
Plant Cycle: Perennial
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 2 Years
Farm Type: Safe Seed Pledge
Planting Seasons: Spring
Seed Type: Heirloom, Open Pollinated
Cold Hardy: Yes
Seed Saving Level: Intermediate
Seed Storage : About 5-7+ years, when properly stored (cool, dry, dark)
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