Lupine ‘Popsicle Mix’
Lupinus polyphyllus hybrid
I bought my first Lupine ‘Popsicle Mix’ from Wagler’s Greenhouse on 6-6-17 to plant in the newly rejuvenated south bed. There wasn’t anything else to go by as far as the species or hybrid name on the label. Some websites say this series is Lupinus polyphyllus, Lupinus x intermedia, or they say it was developed from the Lupinus polyphyllus species, a native of the Pacific Northwest. Undoubtedly, it is a hybrid with Lupinus polyphyllus as one of the parents.
Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Lupinus. It was named and described by John Lindley in Botanical Register in 1827. Plants of the World Online list four accepted infraspecific names of Lupinus polyphyllus.
The genus, Lupinus L., was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 638 accepted species in the Lupinus genus which includes three accepted infraspecific names (hybrids). The genus is a member of the Fabaceae family which consists of 683 accepted genera. Plants of the World Online is still uploading data and research is still ongoing so these numbers could change.
I planted the two Lupines in an area on the east side of the south bed all the while wondering if it was a good idea. I have this idea that all new plants I try should not be grown on the south side of the house because it gets so hot there.
Lupine Popsicle Series is a mixed seed strain that includes a wide range colors and bicolors. They are about a foot shorter and flower about 2 weeks earlier than the Russell Hybrids. Lupinus polyphyllus is one of the parents used to develop the Russell Hybrids (Lupinus x regalis).
One of the plants did OK but the other one died…
Origin: North America
Zones: USDA Zones 3-9 (° F)
Some websites just say zones 4-6.
Size: 18-24” tall x 10-12” wide
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Average, moist, rich, well-drained
Flowers: Late spring-early summer
Uses: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Maintenance: Need mulch around the base of the plant to help keep the roots cool in the summer and protect them during the winter. Deadheading spent flowers to prolong bloom period.
Concerns: Plants can attract aphids.
I went back out to Wagler’s for some reason, maybe I needed more plants or maybe I took her some. It is so good to have somewhere to take extra Alocasia… Anyway, I told her about the one dying and the Lobelia having bugs and she gave me a couple more Lupines.
They did OK for a week or so then they all died…
I have grown a lot of plants that I am familiar with but I always like experimenting with new plants. When I am out plant browsing and I find something I want to try I don’t always check the labels. The most important thing is that they have one for ID. Then when I do research for the blog page, like this one, I find out what I should have learned beforehand. Well, today is February 17, 2017, which is over eight months since I bought my first Lupines. Here’s what I have learned, though…
Lupines prefer warm days and cool nights in sun to lightly shaded areas. They prefer rich soil with organic matter that is slightly acidic with good drainage. Mulching is a good idea to keep their roots cooler in the summer and also protects them over the winter. They do not like hot dry summers, so growing them in a cooler climate is best… Hmm…
Deadheading your Lupines is essential to keep them flowering longer. Not doing so will only stop them from blooming. It also keeps your beds looking more neat and tidy.
Apparently, Lupines have deep tap roots and don’t like to be disturbed once they get going. So, with that in mind, it is best to just let them alone and do as they please and form a nice colony.
Funny, all this information tells me that I shouldn’t plant Lupines here unless I plant them on the east side of the house. That would mean removing all this old, crappy fill dirt and replacing it with “The Good Stuff”, which is decomposed cow manure and hay from where the cows are fed over past winters. I have plenty of that, but do I want to use the energy I have been saving…
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