Unique appealing color combination, a bi-color that is a bright rosy pink with pure white tall flower blooms in an endless show of color. Like all lupine, these are very easy to grow and will quickly become a permanent fixture in your wildflower meadow or garden. Bold upright spikes are dense with pea-like flowers in intense colors. The Russell lupine plants are vigorous with a spread of 12 - 16 inches wide, creating a bushy mat of bright green foliage beneath the bloom spikes. Best placed at the back of the border for cutting or naturalizing. Stately 3' spikes in wide color range that bloom from May to June. Attractive foliage. Prefers cool weather.They will self-sow if not trimmed back. Height of 36-48 inches . Space 18-24 inches Zones 4-8.
|How To Grow Lupines from Seeds|
Growing lupines is as simple as planting seeds or cuttings into a sunny area with well-drained soil. If planting lupine from seed, scratch the seed surface or soal the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to allow the seed coat to be easily penetrated. Seeds of the lupine plant may also be chilled for a week in the refrigerator prior to planting.
This may also be accomplished by planting lupine seeds in the fall and letting Mother Nature do the chilling through the winter. Direct sowing of lupine seeds in autumn is perhaps the easiest method. Lupines produces seed which will re-produce more flowers the following year if not removed from the growing lupine.
Sow 4-8 weeks before planting out. Sow 2-3 seeds directly into cell packs.
Cover seed, as darkness aids in germination. Thin to one plant per cell or container when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside. Keep growing container at 65-75°F, with germination taking 7-21 days,
Roots of lupines are fragile and once restricted will produce inferior plants and flowers. When plants are ready to transplant, do not delay planting. Established plants do not transplant well, so it is best to plant where they will be left undisturbed. OR
Direct seed: Sow seeds in early spring, as soon as soil can be worked. Sow 1/4" deep. Thin when true leaves appear.