Lupine, Yellow (Lupinus densiflorus) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Sow in Spring or Fall
Discovered all along the Pacific Coast, this golden flower loves sunshine. There are dozens of types of native Lupines in this region, but this annual does not mind growing in gardens far from home. This annual is easy to grow and produces a pretty showy flower with minimal effort. The name Lupine comes from the Latin "lupus," meaning wolf. This refers to the folk belief that this plant took nutrients from the soil. Ironically, this plant actually improves the soil because of its nitrogen fixing abilities. The species name "densiflorus," literally translated "with dense flowers," refers to the thickly growing blossoms on each stem.
To soften the hard coating on these seeds, rub them lightly with sandpaper or soak them in 180 degrees F water overnight before sowing. Sow them in early spring, planting 1/2" deep. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. These seedlings grow very slowly and are rather fragile. Water them occasionally and protect from freezing temperatures. Though mature plants tolerate drought conditions well, provide water occasionally in very dry weather. This plant can be poisonous to livestock if present in excessive amounts. These plants resent having their roots disturbed.
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