Lupine, Russell (Lupinus polyphyllus) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Sow in Spring or Fall
Brilliant and bold rainbow colors. This Lupine variety will provide colorful blooms all season. This flower is not a native Lupine and grows very easily and quickly. The Russell hybrids are legendary. They were developed by George Russell of Yorkshire, who, as a railroad guard at a quiet crossing, worked out their great flowers, now grown all over the world in temperate climates. The flower spikes are 10–12″ long, on stems that can reach 30″ tall. If grown in an exposed area, stems may benefit from staking. The blooms come in all the best Lupine colors, including pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Plants look best in bold groups. Difficult in areas where summer nights remain extremely hot. Makes an excellent winter annual in the Deep South.
To soften the hard coating on these seeds, rub them lightly with sandpaper or soak them in 180° F water overnight before sowing. Sow them in early spring planting them 1/2" deep. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. In the deep south, sow them in late fall for a winter annual. The seedlings are rather fragile. Water them occasionally and protect them from freezing temperatures. They can tolerate drought once mature, but occasional watering is most beneficial.
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