Leaves are divided into many leaflets that spread out like the fingers of a hand. Sweet pea–like flowers are borne in dense spikes at stem ends. There are hundreds of species, many of them native to the western U.S. and found in a wide range of habitats. The most commonly grown lupines are the Russell hybrids. Most lupines are not fussy about soil, though hybrids prefer rich, slightly acidic soil. All need good drainage.Lupinus hybrids
These English-bred hybrid groups are descended from plants native to western America. Perennials growing to 4–5-ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Dense vertical spikes of pea-like flowers in many possible colors rise above the foliage in late spring or early summer.
New Generation hybrids are like Russell hybrids, from which they’re descended, but in more intense colors on sturdier plants that flower longer during the season and live longer (7 or 8 years).
Russell hybrids have tall spikes of white, cream, yellow, pink, red, orange, blue, purple, or bicolored flowers. This is the classic.
Self-sown seedlings won’t resemble the parents.
These English-bred hybrid groups are descended from plants native to western America. Perenn...
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