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Lupinus perennis (Sundial lupine)
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Lupinus perennis

Sundial lupine

Fragrant, pea-like, blue to violet flowers in late spring with leaves that are palmately divided into 7-11 leaflets. Enhances soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen into a useful form. Requires good drainage.


Height

1-2 ft

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Sundial lupine Interesting Notes

The sole host plant for the Karner blue butterfly. Also a host plant for the Frosted Elfin butterfly. Attracts other beneficial pollinators and hummingbirds as well. Birds and small mammals enjoy the seeds.

Lupinus perennis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easier to establish than other lupines, sundial lupines do well in full sun and will vigorously reseed in sandy or well-drained soils.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Songbirds
Songbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Meadow
Dry Sun
Native to North America