The Lupin - A Tall Perennial Plant
Introducing The Lupin
Many of the beautiful flowers in our garden have a beautiful name to match. The name captures our attention even before we see its perfect form, its scent or its colour.
The name "Lupin" may not excite and inspire you, but this beautiful perennial flower is sure to please.
The name ‘Lupin’ derives from the Latin word lupinus (meaning wolf) as the plant tended to ravage the land on which it grew.
Also known as the Lupine, it is a tall perennial, the garden variety grows 1 - 3 feet tall.
It appears to stand to attention, regal, proud and erect, and adds a touch of class to any garden.
It’s got a lot going for it, let’s look beyond the name.
If you are planning a garden or looking for something to fill a space in an existing one, here is your perfect plant to add some height and colour.
The Lupin flowers are produced on an erect spike and are a "pea" flower shape, they have an upper standard and two lateral wings and two lower petals, due to their shape they are also known as "Blue Bonnets".
I bought one packet of Lupin seeds and planted them initially in trays of compost in the greenhouse in February.
Then planted the young seedlings on into small pots, I ended it up with far too many plants, which I passed on to grateful friends and family.
I planted them in the garden in April, these are non fussy plants and will grow practically anywhere in any type of soil.
To my delight they started flowering a few weeks later and were a mass of different colours.
There are few flowers that will bloom throughout the summer season, but the Lupin does just that!
After the first flowering cut the plant right back to a few inches high, you will be amazed how quickly it will grow back.
Within a few weeks it will be flowering again.
Don’t forget to "dead head" the stems as the flowers die, it will reward you!
My 2 year old Lupin has been flowering for 6 months and is an absolute delight.
At the end of the summer season, cut the plant right back to a few inches and it will flower again next year.
Although it’s name is a little boring and dull, the flowers are delightful and the colours vibrant, a plant to enjoy and enhance your garden!
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