The lupine flower is a member of the legume family, which also includes beans and peas. The plant is native to North America, and its name comes from the Latin word for wolf. This is fitting, as the lupine is known for its ability to aggressively spread in open spaces. The flower was an important food source for Native Americans, who would harvest the seeds and grind them into flour. The lupine has also been used medicinally, as a decoction of the roots was thought to relieve toothache pain. Today, the lupine is most commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is available in a wide range of colors, and it typically blooms in early summer. With its showy flowers and long-blooming season, the lupine is a popular choice for gardens large and small.
Growing Lupine Flowers
Lupin flowers are a beautiful and popular choice for gardens, but they can be a bit tricky to grow. The key is to start with fresh seed and to plant them in well-draining soil. Lupin seeds need light to germinate, so don't cover them with soil. Once they've sprouted, thin the seedlings so that they're about six inches apart. Lupines prefer full sun, but they will also tolerate partial shade. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. When the plants are about six inches tall, cut them back by half to encourage bushier growth. Pinching the tips of the plants will also result in more branches and more flowers. With a little patience and care, you'll soon have a beautiful crop of lupines blooming in your garden.
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