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LUPINUS 'Popsicle Mix'

Image of Lupinus 'Popsicle Mix' (POPSICLE SERIES)

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

LUPINUS 'Popsicle Mix'( POPSICLE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Lupine

General Description

‘Popsicle Mix’ hybrid lupines produce spires of large flowers which bloom together to create a rainbow of color for cool summer gardens. Shorter in stature than the ‘Russell Hybrids’, these beautiful lupines are as suited to formal borders as they are to casual country gardens. The ‘Popsicle’ series was developed from the species Lupinus polyphyllus, a North American native hailing from the Pacific Northwest.

A hallmark of the traditional English cottage garden, hybrid lupines create a strong, vertical statement in the border, and are often seen planted in large groups of mixed colors. Their bold blooms make excellent, sturdy cut flowers.

Most hybrid lupines thrive in light, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Plant them in a sunny location, but offer protection from direct afternoon sunlight in warmer climates, as they prefer cool temperatures and will suffer in the heat. Lupines develop a fast-growing taproot which can be distorted if the plants are grown in nursery containers for too long. Choose only young seedlings to maximize rooting potential, or start from seed directly in the ground.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes