Garden Lupin – Lupinus agg.

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. Lupins hybridise freely and are deliberately crossed to create garden varieties, therefore lupins found in the wild tend to be treated as an aggregate species.

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.