Garden Lupin

Lupinus polyphyllus

Garden Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus)

This is another one of my garden favourites, the Lupin. My Dad grew lots of these in his garden when I was a boy. There were all the colours of the rainbow in one border, and the bees buzzed all around them as butterflies fluttered nearby. Those were the best summers I remember from a young age.

Garden Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus)

Also called the ‘Large-leaved Lupin’, this is a tall, spiked and magnificent flower rising into a spire of delicately formed peaflowers. The blooms come in varied colours of pink, purple, blue, white, yellow and also bicolours. The leaves are also quite spectacular, large and radiating finger-like with 9-17 elongated digits.

Garden Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) leaves

It flowers June to August, and is found mainly in gardens, but it has become widely naturalised and can be found growing on roadside verges, embankments, river banks, and many grassy places.

Garden Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) buds

A common and widespread species which was first introduced in the 19th century from the mountainous region of western North America. It is one of the parents in crosses that formed the famous Russell Lupin.

Garden Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) seeds

May and July 2012, and July 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011 and 2012.


11 thoughts on “Garden Lupin

  1. Lovely images and I’m glad to see you do close-ups, leaf photos as well as further away. They are certainly very attractive.

    Many of our garden centres and home gardeners are changing to drought tolerant African, South American and Australian Natives now as our summers get hotter.

    With many people living in high-rise apartments in the inner city ,or townhouses with tiny gardens, people just don’t seem to grow these English cottage garden plants with their lovely perfumes, any more., Such a shame.

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    • Thank you, Vicki 🙂 It is a shame that these plants are not grown so often in the cities as you say. They have a timeless beauty about them, and of course they have the most beautiful fragrance.

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