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Lupine

LUPINE

Lupine (Lupinus) is a plant known more as forage than ornamental. Several of its species are cultivated, of which the most valuable in terms of decoration is Hartweg's lupine (Lupinus Harwegii) rising to height 70-80 cm, with long inflorescences, large flowers, multi-colored, sapphire, pink and white, slightly fragrant. It blooms from July to September. It is suitable for rebates and collections as well as for supplementing perennial beds, as well as a cut flower. Variations: Albus – white flowers turn red, Celestine – blue with white, Roseus – pink with white.

Annual lupine (Lupinus mutabilis cruikshanksii) grows up to 120-150 cm, forms long inflorescences with large flowers, white, yellow and light blue, changing to purple or purple, has a pleasant smell.

Dwarf lupine (Lupinus nanus) it grows up to the height 20-30 cm. Its known variation – Pixie Delight – has different colors of flowers.

The advantage of lupine is this, that it grows well even in poor sandy soils. Requires a sunny location. It is sown in early May, because lupine is quite sensitive to frost. It blooms in 8-10 weeks after sowing. It is sown in the pits after 2-3 seeds, in increments 10-30 cm. The lupine is cut, when at least half of the flowers in the inflorescence are fully developed. Place the plants in water immediately after cutting, because they wither quickly.