LUPINUS polyphyllus (Lupine, Bigleaf)
Lupinus Polyphyllus commonly known as ‘Big Leaf Lupine’ is one of the tallest and most ornamental species in the west. These cheerful plants from nice colonies in open fertile meadows, recently burned forest clearings, wetland edges, and streambanks. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Ideal choice for cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Best planted in groups. A great Bumblebee plant, and like many native legumes it is likely host plant for various gossamer wing butterflies.
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Scientific Name: Lupinus Polyphyllus
Common Name: Lupine – Big Leaf
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Native Range: Western North America, British Columbia, to California
Height: 24-48 "
Spread: 18-36 "
Habitat: Usually found in wetlands from sea level to 3000 meters
Zone: USDA Hardiness 5-9
Exposure: Full Sun, Exposed
Blooming Season: Summers (July to August)
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Red, Yellow, Blue
Moisture: Prefers Moist soil
Water Requirement: Low to moderate
Soil Type: Prefers well-drained, Light(sandy), Medium(loamy), Heavy(clay)
Soil pH: Acid and neutral soil, can grow in very acidic soils
Advantage: Easy to grow
Uses: Border Plants, Cutting Gardens, Cut flowers