Lupinus ‘Moonshine’ LUPIN –
Pale creamy yellow flower spires to 90cm. Lupinus ‘Moonshine’ LUPIN enjoys Full Sun.
Full Sun produces the tallest and most prolific flowers in cooler districts, but in hotter districts Lupins will also flourish and bloom beautifully in Part Shade as long as there are good light levels or Dappled Sun.
Spires of pale cream yellow
Each plant produces a succession of magnificent flower spires from mid-Spring to mid-Summer.
Cutting off the spent flower stems, thus preventing the clump from setting seed, will prolong the flowering season, and persuade your clump to produce even more flower spikes. If happy and deadheaded they will produce a second though lesser flush of flowers again in autumn. Your Lupin clump will increase in strength each year, to make even more numerous and impressive spires.
Clumps need to be divided and started again approximately every five years for top flower production. Flower spires make superb cut flowers for a large vase.
Superb cut flowers for a large vase
If you just cut them straight out of the garden and pop into the vase – they last well. But if you give them the “boiling water treatment” – Lupin flowers last for ages in the vase. When you bring your armload of Lupin spires in, recut the stems underwater; dip the cut end of the stem in 5cm. of boiling water for 1 minute, before placing in vase of cool water. If stem end is soft when you remove from boiling water, just trim off before placing in arrangement.
Lovely light honey scent
These hybrid garden Lupins have a pleasant light honey scent, which is lovely wafting from a clump in full flower, or a vase indoors. Frost hardy, and once plants are established they can withstand quite severe frost down to approximately -10C.
Lupins can withstand periods of dry well, as long as they are given a deep watering occasionally during the driest, hottest periods. Their strong rhizome like root systems and deep tap roots allow them to cope with periods of dry between watering.
Resistant to those pesky rabbits and deer
Bees, other beneficial insects, and butterflies are drawn to Lupins like magnets. The pea like flowers provide a rich source of food.
Many members of the lupin family contain alkaloids which make the leaves and stems bitter to the taste. So, they are a long way down on the menu choice for rabbits and deer. Cattle will not graze them over the fence, though a hungry sheep will nibble (sheep can digest the alkaloid, but regard Lupins as food only in poor times).
The only protection required is some snail and slug protection in early spring when the shoots are newly emerging and low. Once shoots are taller than a snail – they are fine.
– Height with flowers: 60cm – 90cm approx.
– Width: 20cm – 40cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, Dappled Sun, Full Sun.
– Soil: Humus rich, well drained, moist to wet soil conditions.
– Fragrant: Lightly scented flowers.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous perennial.
Great choice for Wildlife
– Attracts: Birds, Bees, Butterflies and other pollinators.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Contains alkaloids which make the leaves and stems bitter and resistant to rabbit and deer.
– Care: Easy care, Low maintenance. Cut back spent flowers. Clumps need to be divided and started again approximately every five years for top flower production.
– Origin: The herbaceous lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, arrived in Britain from North America in the 1820s, brought over by David Douglas. Almost a hundred years later, George Russel, a horticulturist from York, started to breed the Russell hybrids (Lupinus X russellii hort).