Grow a garden filled with Wild Perennial Lupine flowers, from freshly harvested Lupinus perennis flower seeds. Wild Perennial Lupine will produce gorgeous, blue colored flowers, atop attractive, green foliage. They will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 36 inches tall, displaying individual stems from the center of the plants. Wild Perennial Lupine is known to attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, hummingbirds & honeybees as well.
As stated in the name, Wild Perennial Lupine is categorized as a perennial flowering plant. Perennial plants will establish a deep root system the first growing season. After all plant life has wilted on the surface, the plants can return the following Spring, displaying their beautiful flowers through the summer months.
Wild Perennial Lupine is becoming more popularly used in landscaping and it can make the perfect addition to your already existing flower garden. They are widely used as a border plant, in flower beds, along fences & walkways, or in a naturalized setting as well. Grow Wild Perennial Lupine in masses for a gorgeous sea of blue, lasting all through the warm months of summer.
- Type: Flower
- Color: Violet / Blue
- Height: 12" to 36" Tall
- Width: 12" to 16" Spread
- Season: Perennial
- Zones: 3 to 9
- Environment: Full Sun
Sowing The Seed
You will notice that Lupine seeds have a very hard outer shell. The seeds will need to be prepped for germination by either soaking them in warm water for 24 hours, or scarifying them with sandpaper or a knife. In the end, It may be beneficial to try both methods, to see which works best for you. Start the seeds indoors, in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, or directly outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Sow at a shallow depth of 1/8" under topsoil, to allow direct lighting to reach the seeds. This is a crucial step in the germination process. Transplant or direct sow after all danger of frost has passed.
These gorgeous, perennial flowering plants will require an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day. Temperatures should be kept around 60F to 70F for optimal growth. Provide a medium that is neutral to poor. Lupine plants thrive in poor, sandy soils because this allows them to produce high amounts of nitrogen. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. The soil can be watered daily until the seeds germinate, later lessening the amount of moisture provided daily.
Germination & Growth
Wild Perennial Lupine seeds will begin to germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 36 inches tall & can be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Wild Perennial Lupine is known to attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbirds & butterflies as well. Their brightly colored flowers will produce a sea of blue, all through the summer months.
Lupine is often mispelled "Lupin" or "Loopin"
Pronounced: Loop-in or Loo-pine