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Lupinus latifolius - Broadleaf Lupine

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Lupinus latifolius (Broadleaf) - This very showy woody-based perennial that grows to 3 to 5 feet tall is native from central California south into Mexico. In late winter the gray-green palmately-divided leaves emerge and the plant rapidly grows to a dense rounded plant. In late spring emerge the 2-3 foot long spikes of fragrant pinkish blue flowers that continue well into summer. Plant in full sun with good drainage and irrigate occasionally in coastal gardens and a bit more inland it is one of the lupines that is noted as moisture loving. Hardy to below 0 F. Cut back to the base in late fall to winter. This plant is stunning when in bloom and is very attractive to butterflies. Its flowers are useful in flower arrangements but if left on can produce copious amounts of seed which often germinate well in the garden. We received this plant as Lupinus albifrons but have since identified as Lupinus latifolius var. parishii thanks to the plant sleuthing of Carol Bornstein at the Santa Barbra Botanic Garden.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lupinus latifolius.
 
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