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Lupine, ‘Russell Hybrid’

A must for your hummingbirds & butterfly garden!
‘Russell Hybrid’ Lupines are simply the best of the best of lupines. They are colorful sentinels of the spring and summer garden and the scents of the blossoms is like honey. Lupine produces spectacular flowered spikes in a wide range of separate colors and bi-colors. Plants are mounded and covered with deeply cut attractive foliage. Plant them as an accent with flowering shrubs or in a border with bell flowers. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to colorful Lupines. The popular Russell Hybrid Lupines were produced in England from the cross breeding of different species. A native variety of Lupine can be found growing in mountain meadows and lightly wooded forests. Excellent cut flowers. Lupine flowers are great for use in floral arrangements.

It can reach an average height of three to four feet. Every summer, it blooms pea-shaped flowers that group into conical clusters, some over 12 inches long. The flower cones all open at the same time, making a spectacular showing, especially when a large group of Lupines are planted together. Lupines continuously change the angle of their leaves so that they’re always facing the sun. Lupines like full to partial sun and prefer soil that is light, sandy, and slightly acidic.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 3-5'
Spacing 24"
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Full Sun, Mostly Sunny
Foliage Green Leaves
Flower Various, 6-12" Flower-heads
Bloomtime Late Spring - Early Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Lupinus polyphyllus

Common: Lupine

Family: Fabaceae

General Characteristics: Able to withstand wind and rain with ease, this colorful mix of blue, white, pink, red or yellow blooms sits atop strong 30- to 42-in. spikes. Tall flower spikes in an endless variety of colors. Perennial. The herbaceous lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, arrived in Britain from North America in the 1820s brought over by David Douglas. Almost a century later, George Russell, a 53-year-old horticulturalist from UK York started to breed the famous Russell hybrids (Lupinus X russellii hort). Over the decades the plants he selected developed flower spikes which were denser, larger and more colorful than the original Lupinus polyphyllus.

Tip: Tip: The majority of lupines do not thrive in rich heavy soils, and often only live for a matter of years if grown in such places, crown contact with manure or rich organic matter encourages rotting.

Use: The 'Russell Hybrid' Lupine is used for cut flowers, planted in mass, or English garden plants. Growing in upright stalks of various different vivid colors, Lupines makes a nice background for a planted flower arrangement.Mass in a mixed border for spectacular blooms. Great cut flower.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Deer & rabbit resistant! No serious insect or disease problems.

Moisture: Dry, Average, Well Draining

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.