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What is the scientific name for Lupin?
Lupins. Botanical name: Lupinus. Lupins are instantly familiar border annuals and perennials, but there are shrubby (tree) lupins too. The border plants are cottage-garden staples, with bold spires of brightly coloured flowers in summer.
What kind of species is the lupine?
Yellow Bush or Coast Lupine is a species Fabaceae (Legume) family native to the western United States in California and Oregon, where it is widely distributed coastal scrub and sand dunes.
Is lupine a biennial?
Lupine is one of my favorite springtime wildflowers. Wild lupines are usually purple, while cultivated lupines can produce white, yellow, pink, red and blue flowers. Plants can be anywhere from 1 foot to 5 feet tall, and blooms can last up to 4 weeks. They are biennial or perennial.
What is a lupine flower?
Lupines (Lupinus spp.) are attractive and spiky, reaching 1 to 4 feet (30-120 cm.) in height and adding color and texture to the back of a flower bed. Wildflowers of the lupine plant generally come in in hues of blues and white, although domesticated lupines offer flowers in blues, yellows, pinks and purples.
Why are lupins named after Wolf?
Why is it Named After the Wolf? Lupine is poisonous. When this plant was named, people thought that both the wolf and the plant killed livestock. Although lupine is poisonous, it is an important part of a healthy habitat.
Do lupins flower the first year?
Lupins can be grown either from seed or from cuttings. The seeds should be sown in late February indoors to early April. Some of them may well flower in the first year others may only flower in the second year.
Why are lupins bad?
The lupins that look so beautiful are actually a non-native, invasive species. In New Zealand where the picture was taken their detrimental impact is huge. Riverbed birds such as wrybill, black stilt and banded dotterel are being pushed out of their natural home by a garden plant introduced to New Zealand.
Do lupins flower every year?
Lupins are perennial (i.e. they come up year after year) shrubs which start into growth after the last frosts, produce their first flush of flowers in late May / June and can continue flowering into early August if dead-headed correctly (see below).
Do lupins bloom every year?
The pea-like flowers of lupins grow in dense spires above very distinctive foliage. They will bloom for two months from a spring sowing or early summer from fall sown plants. Lupins are highly attractive to bees and they fix atmospheric nitrogen in the soil.
Do lupines flower the first year?
Lupines (Lupinus spp.) make a spectacular statement in the perennial garden with their tall spikes of pealike flowers. Bloom times vary depending on growing conditions and planting methods, but lupines usually bloom the first year after planting.
What is the flower of the wolf?
The Lupine is named after “Lupus,” the Latin word for wolf!
What does lupine look like?
Lupine ( Lupinus ) is an unusual looking plant with medium-green leaves and long, upright flower spikes. Lupine is available in a variety of shades, including purple, dark blue, pink, yellow and white.
Where to plant lupine?
Locate a suitable planting site for the lupine seeds that is in full sun, to partial shade. Although lupine can tolerate full sun, it prefers moist, cool soil, according to The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Cultivate the planting site thoroughly using a hoe to eliminate all weeds and their roots.
What color is lupine?
Lupines grow wild across much of the U.S., creating blankets of color in early summer. Wild lupine ranges from white and pink, to shades of blue and purple.
Is lupine poisonous?
While most members of the lupine family are poisonous, that is not true of all of them. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, is known that yellow lupine, silvery lupine, silky lupine, tailcup lupine, velvet lupine and lunara lupine are definitely poisonous.