Lupinus is commonly known as Lupins or Lupines and belong in the legume family. There are between 200 and 600 species and there is a large degree of diversity between many.
Lupins are very popular ornamental plants in the garden – for example the rainbow Lupin and the garden Lupin are very common. They have very characteristic and easily recognisable leaf shape – they have soft grey to green leaves and many of the species bear thick silvery hairs. Some species are often referred to as quaker bonnets and bluebonnets because of their shape. Their pods contain several seeds.
Lupins prefer a lime-free, well drained soil that is not too heavy – they do not like direct sunlight but will flourish in a sunny spot. You must plant Lupins when they are young so that they can develop a great root position, you should also plant away from trees.
The growth range for these flowers is immense, ranging from just under 1 foot tall to almost 5 feet tall. Not only do they look fabulous in the garden Lupins can also be cut and brought inside to brighten up your living space. When cutting your Lupin you must remember to:
· Cut the stem at an angle with a sharp, non-serrated knife and cut at least two inches off them
· You should place the stem in a vase filled with warm water straight away after you’ve cut them
· Cut the stems regularly – about once every 3 days