The Q&A Archives: Growth Habits of Lupines

Question: I have received two perennial lupines (variety: The Governor). I will be planting them in one of my perennial beds. What I want to know is do lupines spread a lot (like chrysthamimums and phlox) or do they stay pretty much in the same area (like peonies and lilies)? Thanks! Pat Heinrich Merrimack, NH

Answer: Lupines are biennials or short-lived perennials. You can prolong their lives by cutting off the spent flower stalks, but their flowering often declines after a few years. They will not form massive clumps like phlox does.

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