Lupinus polyphyllus (Lupine from Prince Edward Island) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: This species seems to germinate best in cool temperatures. I have found that sowing outdoors in late fall to late winter using the winter-sowing technique works well, with germination in spring. I have also started the seeds indoors in my cool basement (40° to 50°F): seeds sown on January 14 began sprouting on February 26. You could also try sowing in late winter or early spring and setting the pot outdoors. I’ve read that the seeds might germinate if started indoors under lights but have not tried that myself. If you want to go that route, consider nicking the seeds and/or soaking them overnight before sowing. However you sow, just cover the seeds with growing medium. Time to germinate will depend on your growing conditions.

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This beauty came to me as a seed gift with “Lupine from Prince Edward Island” written on the envelope. As much as I love lupines, I haven’t had much luck growing them, but as a fan of author Lucy Maud Montgomery and her many stories set in that area, how could I resist sowing the seeds? I’m glad I did, because the resulting plants have been a joy: so sturdy and vigorous, and returning bigger and better every year—unlike the fancy hybrids I tried before, which fizzled out after a year or two. These reach 4 to 5 feet tall for me  when they bloom in late spring to early summer. So far, all of the plants I’ve grown have solid purple or purple-and-white flowers, so I assume these seeds will produce the same color. If you too appreciate the PEI connection or are simply looking to add some lovely lupines to your garden, I think you’ll like this one as much as I do! This species is native to parts of the western US but widely naturalized in the northeast as well, sometimes to the point of being invasive, so you may want to grow it in a spot where you can keep the spent flowers clipped off to prevent overzealous self-sowing. Full sun to light shade; average to moist soil. Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in mid June 2023. At least 15 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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