Lupines are arguably the most popular garden perennials, thanks to the colorful spikes that cover their flowers. There are hundreds of species in the genus Lupinus, and many of them are indigenous to North America. You may find them growing freely in the wild and gardens from California to Maine.
Lupine may reach heights of up to four feet and has grey-green leaves covered in silvery hairs. The blooms of lupine are similar in appearance to pea blossoms. The seed pod resembles a hairy pea pod and can have as many as twelve seeds inside of it.
Lupines thrive in a chilly environment that is damp, sandy, and well-drained in the soil. They can thrive in heavy soils, but the ground must be broken enough to accommodate their lengthy taproots.
About 200 different species of lupine are found in the wild, most of which are indigenous to North America. These often feature shades plant of blue, white, or yellow.
Aphids may infest the plant from time to time.
Add this long, beautiful bloom to a place where lupine flowers will be seen and work as a background for other full-sun blooming now that you know how to grow lupines. A blooming ground cover placed beneath the lupine plant helps keep the roots cool, and it will benefit from the nitrogen in the soil. Additionally, it will provide a beautiful display of the landscape.