LUPINUS polyphyllus (Russell Lupine) is a species of lupine native to North America, specifically the western regions of the United States and Canada. Russell Lupine is a herbaceous perennial plant, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Fabaceae family, which includes legumes or pea family plants.
Russell Lupine forms upright stems with palmate leaves divided into numerous leaflets. The leaflets are typically green, and the overall foliage is dense and lush. The plant produces tall flower spikes, ranging from 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm) in height. The flowers are pea-like and come in a wide range of colors, including shades of blue, purple, pink, white, and yellow. The individual flowers are arranged in dense clusters along the spike.
Russell Lupine typically blooms in the late spring to early summer, generally between May and July. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The flower also attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, as it provides nectar and serves as a food source.
Russell Lupine thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is adapted to cool, moist climates and is commonly found in meadows, open woodlands, and mountainous regions.
Russell Lupine is a beautiful and versatile perennial plant, bringing vibrant colors and vertical interest to gardens. Its large flower spikes and adaptability to cool climates make it a favored choice for various landscaping applications.
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Scientific Name: Lupinus Polyphyllus
Common Name: Russell Lupine
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: North America from British Columbia and Alberta south to California, East
Height: 12-36 "
Spread: 18-24 "
Habitat: Shaded Habitats, Oak Savanna and Pine Barrens
Zone: USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7
Exposure: Full Sun, Tolerate some shade
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Attracts: Humming Birds
Resistant: Deer Resistant
Flower Color: Shades of purple, blue, pink, red, white, yellow and other exciting bi-colors
Moisture: Plentiful Moisture
Water Requirement: Normal watering required
Soil Type: Well-drained, Dry and sandy soil
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Ornamental uses, Beds and Borders, Cut Flowers