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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 36-48 inches
Plant Spread: 40 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 0.2 inch
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: If sowing indoors: soaking the seeds 48 hours in water will speed up germination
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Big-Leaf Lupin
  • Meadow Lupine
  • Streamside Lupine
  • Bigleaf Lupine
  • Blue-Pod Lupine
  • Bog Lupine

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Location: Nova Scotia  Canada
Date: 1995  June  
Lupinus polyphyllus     growing wild in the meadow

Date: 2018-05-24
Location: Bonhoeffer Garden, Stanwood, Washington
Date: 2018-06-30

Date: 2017-06-09
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-10-13
Location: Bonhoeffer Garden, Stanwood, Washington
Date: 2018-06-30

Date: c. 1827
illustration from the 1827 Botanical Register

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2008-10-15
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-05-07
Young transplants

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2015-06-20

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Comments:
  • Posted by chelle (N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and Florida - Zone 9b - Zone 9b) on Feb 2, 2013 10:50 AM concerning plant:
    Seed soaked in water in the refrigerator showed radicle emergence within 48 to 72 hours.

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