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Sowing: To soften the hard coating on these Russell Lupine seeds, rub them lightly with sandpaper or soak them in 180 degrees F water overnight before sowing. Sow them in early spring, planting 1/2" deep. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.
Seed Saving: As the seed pods develop, watch them carefully. As soon as they ripen fully they will split and drop their seed. When the pods begin to turn brown, remove them and spread them out to dry. Remove the Lupinus Polyphyllus seed from the pods and store it in a cool, dry place. Keep in mind that these Russell Lupine seeds are highly poisonous.
A wide-ranging species of eastern North America, though rare in New England and now extinct in Maine. New Hampshire still has a wild population of this lupine. As a result, we cannot ship sundial lupine seeds to New Hampshire.In June, lavender-blue flower spires with charming, radiating leaves make this an excellent landscape and garden plant for hot, dry well-drained infertile soil (will not grow in moist soil). Like most legumes, it improves soil fertility through nitrogen fixation. This wildflower is the sole host plant for the rare Karner blue butterfly. Deer-proof.
All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.
This quintessential Great Basin native has unique palm-like leaflets with noticeable hairs, as well as racemes of pretty purple flowers. Blooms in June or July depending on elevation, with plants at the highest elevations blooming latest. Though all parts of the plants are toxic to humans and animals, it fixes nitrogen and feeds surrounding plants with its deep taproot. It can take 3-5 years to become established and flower, but the beautiful leaves are worth the wait! Grows to about 2' tall x 1' wide. Best to sow in fall for seeds to break dormancy.
A member of the pea family, lupine flowers are similar to those of pea blossoms but are packed tightly together on conical spikes that stand tall and erect above palmate foliage. The blossoms open from the bottom up and often display more than one color on the same plant, in hues ranging from soft pastels to deep reds and violet blues. After the flowers fade, they are replaced by flat pea-shaped seedpods.
Hybrid lupines are the most ornamental of the garden lupines and offer fuller flower spikes and a multitude of color options. Although most are hybrids of several species, they are often pigeonholed under L. polyphyllus.
In addition to the hybrids, there are several lovely wildflower lupines that grow especially well in gardens in certain regions of the country, including wild perennial lupine (L. perennis), a native to the eastern United States; Texas bluebonnet (L. texensis); and golden lupine (L. densiflorus var. aureus), a California native. Once they settle into a hospitable environment, they will grow there indefinitely by self-sowing.
Lupines can be started from seed, dormant bare-root plants, or potted plants, but seeds are easier to find and offer the broadest selection of cultivars. Be careful when buying nursery-grown plants, as lupines have fast-growing taproots that can become constrained if the plants are kept in their containers too long.
If planting lupine from seed, direct sow in the garden in late fall or early winter for blooms the following spring. You can also sow seeds in the spring 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, but your plants will bloom later in the summer. Plant container-grown plants in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.
Lupine seeds have very tough outer shells that need to be softened up before sowing. You can do this by soaking the seeds in warm water for a few hours or by scarifying them with sandpaper or a small file to help them absorb water. (See Growing Perennials from Seed.) Sow seeds at a shallow depth of about inch under loose topsoil, and keep them evenly moist until they germinate. Seedlings will emerge 15 to 25 days after planting.
Potted lupine plants are typically perennial cultivars that you can put in the ground immediately in the spring. Space plants about 2 to 3 feet apart, and loosen the soil deeply to accommodate the long taproots. Amend the planting hole with organic matter, if necessary, to improve drainage.
After planting lupines, keep the soil evenly moist to ensure good root development. Once your plants are deeply rooted, they can tolerate drier conditions and will only need water during periods of drought. Applying a layer of mulch will help lock in soil moisture and keep the roots cool.
A compact, early-bloomer, this lupine prefers full sun to light shade and cooler climates. The bright red blooms are irresistible to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. See more of the Mini Gallery series.
This exceptional annual variety of Texas bluebonnet was originally discovered growing in the wild near San Antonio. Also called maroon bluebonnet, it features distinctive reddish-maroon petals with white tips and bears more numerous flower clusters than its kin. Like most wild lupines, it is drought tolerant and thrives in sandy soil.
This diminutive annual lupine is ideal for smaller gardens. Cultivated from a California native wildflower (L. nanus), it grows quickly from seed and blooms profusely throughout the summer months. The softly colored blooms come in an array of pretty pastels including light blue, pink, white, and violet.
A magnet for a diversity of bees, this radiant golden-yellow wildflower is recommended by The Xerces Society for use in pollinator habitat restoration in its native state of California. It reseeds readily and tolerates drought and poor soils.
Price per packet is $4.00, packet size is at least 50 seeds, unless otherwise specified. Ordering information is on the home page at Order. Zones included at the end of the description correspond to climatic zones used by the USDA and the RHS Index of Garden Plants.
The Lupinus genus includes both annual and perennial plants. Perennial varieties of lupine grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Sweet pea-like blossoms cover the stiff upright flower spikes that reach 1 to 4 feet tall. Lupines provide dark blue, purple, yellow, pink and white color in the garden. Lupines grown from seeds may produce blooms the first year.
Pick the lupine seeds from plants when the seed pods turn yellow and rattle inside the pod when shaken, somewhere from June through August. Carefully pick the pods so they do not explode. Place the seeds in a paper bag for a couple of weeks to finish drying. Pinch the dried seed pods until they release the seeds. Fill an envelope with the seeds and label. Store the seeds in a dry location until spring.
Place the seeds in a resealable plastic bag with a couple of moist paper towels when outside temperatures stay above 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Seal the bag and place the seeds in the refrigerator for seven days. Lupine seeds seem to germinate better after cold treatment.
Scratch through the coating with a nail file on one side of the seed and place in warm water to soak for three hours. Check the seeds in the water. The lupine seeds that sink to the bottom are ready to plant. Fish out the floating seeds and scratch them again. Soak the floaters in warm water again until they sink.
Dig the soil to a depth of 12 to 20 inches with a shovel in an area with full sun or light shade. Lupines grow best in dry sandy or gravelly soil but do not survive constantly damp and heavy soil. Break the soil up with the edge of the shovel and rake smooth. The deep soil supports the long taproot that lupine flowers develop which anchors the long flower spike and lets the plant survive drought conditions.
Lay the seeds on top of the soil, spacing the seeds 12 inches apart. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of soil and sprinkle water over the planting area. Keep the soil moist throughout the germination process. It takes 15 to 75 days for lupine sprouts to appear when the soil is 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lupine seeds that are not treated can be planted directly in the garden from September to November to take advantage of the cold winter weather. Germination for lupine seeds planted this way can take up to two years.
(Lupinus albus) I am surprised by the number of people I talk to who aren't familiar with Lupine as a food crop, even those deep down the rabbit hole of unusual regional foods. We first encountered them on the coast of Portugal almost two decades ago, where the large seeds are cooked and brined as a salty snack you might find alongside olives and pickled vegetables. Known as Lupini in Italy, they are fairly common throughout parts of the Mediterranean, Egypt and North Africa, and South America. We have tried to grow Lupini in the past and frankly, the amount of work that went into making them palatable was discouraging. 041b061a72