This 1937 selection from England contains an array of colors on tall spikes that are quite dramatic when planted in mass, and in groups in a mixed border. A short-lived perennial in USDA zones 4–7, Russell lupines were developed to be grown as annuals in warmer climates, so everyone can enjoy its statuesque beauty.
• Botanical Name: Lupinus polyphyllus
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: North America
• Hardiness: Short lived perennial in USDA zones 4–7. Grown as annual in mild climates.
• Plant Dimensions: 36"–48" tall
• Variety Information: Multiple ½" flowers on spikes. May include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, salmon, lavender, blue, purple, and bicolors.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Late spring to summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. Sow in late fall or early winter for blooms the following spring. May also be sown 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, but will flower later.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 15–25 days
• Seed Depth: ⅛"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seed every 18"–24"
• Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 18"–24"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning when 1/3 of the flower buds have opened.