Garden flowers

Lupine: magnificent colors


Lupine is a beautiful perennial that offers particularly generous and abundant flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Lupinus
Family : Fabaceae
Type : Perennial

Height : 60 to 120 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Little chalky

Flowering : Spring-Summer

Thanks to the color palette available to the lupines, you will give a nice decorative touch to your beds.

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Planting lupine

It is recommended to plant lupines at autumn or in spring by favoring the creation of small tufts of 3-4 plants per m2.

  • Lupine enjoys asunny place but not burning or partially shaded.
  • Lupine grows in any type of soil as long as it is neither too chalky nor too acidic.
  • A well-drained soil will make growth and flowering easier.
  • Regular watering after planting is important.

Lupines don't like to be moved, choose the right place right away

Multiply the lupine:

Although lupine reseeds itself on its own, it is also quite possible to divide the clumps.

  • Multiplication is easy by division of the tuft in autumn.
  • It is even recommended to perform a division every 4 or 5 years to rejuvenate the clumps.

Lupine is renowned for its hardiness and resistance to disease. It is resistant to negative temperatures down to -25 °.

Lupine maintenance

Maintenance is relatively easy for this plant with large floral spikes. From planting to flowering, here are the maintenance procedures for good growth.

Lupins are easy but have a few requirements, especially in the summer. Indeed, the soil must stay cool and we must therefore put a mulching at the foot of your plants to keep them moist and cool.

In the event of extreme heat or prolonged drought, do not hesitate to water generouslyin the evening to avoid evaporation during the day.

Once the faded stems, cut them as short as possible to promote new bloom in the fall.

Lupine in winter:

In winter, cut back dead leaves and flowers. No need to mulch because lupine is very resistant to frost.

All you need to know about lupine

Made up of erect and tight clusters 50 to 60 cm high, this plant adapts very well to beds and wild gardens.

The flowering is generous and will bring a lot of color and voluptuousness to your garden, especially to your flower beds and borders.

Lupins also adapt perfectly to bouquets, all you have to do is cut the floral stalk at the foot of the stem.

Lupines have been cultivated for over 4,000 years to use their protein-rich seeds in animal feed. But beware, many species are poisonous and should therefore not be eaten. (Photo © Yuli)

Smart tip

Lupines tend to multiply on their own when planted, so don’t hesitate to cut a few bunches to make beautiful bouquets!

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