Lupinus CARMINE RED LUPIN – (Russell Hybrids)
Deep carmine red flower spires with creamy eyes. Lupinus CARMINE RED LUPIN is a compact grower with flower spires 60 to 90cm.
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.
Magnificent spires of Carmine Red
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.
Bees, other beneficial insects, and butterflies are drawn to Lupins like magnets. The pea like flowers provide a rich source of food.
Hardy & resilient
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: Flower spires 90cm cm approx. with the foliage clump approx 30cm. high.
– Width: Each plant forms a dense clump of foliage to 70cm. diameter approx. with multiple flower spires.
Growing in the Garden
– Position: In cooler districts Full Sun produces the tallest and most prolific flowers. 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.
– Soil: Lupin clumps are long lived and hardy. So it is worth getting the spot right first. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, with good compost, but no fresh manure. Though they are renowned for being able to tolerate infertile soil, they certainly reward good feeding with bigger better and more flowers. They love fertilizer rich in phosphorous and low in nitrogen. They love good drainage and dislike soggy conditions.
– Frost: Extremely frost hardy in hard frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Perennial clump.
– Fragrant: Flowers are lightly scented with a honey like fragrance.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees just adore the pea like flowers, and one stem is a feast.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Joy – Lupins contain alkaloids which make the leaves and stems bitter and resistant to rabbit and deer munching.
Easy low care
– Care: Easy care and low maintenance.
Cut back spent flower stems, so preventing the clump from setting seed. This will prolong the flowering season, and persuade your clump to repeat with yet more flower spikes. If happy and deadheaded they will produce a second, though lesser, flush of flowers again in autumn. For continued top flower production your clump should be divided need to be divided after five years approximately.
Fascinating history & a gardening hero
– Origin: The wildflower, Lupinus polyphyllus, arrived in Britain from North America in 1826. It was a simple, small spike of mainly blue flowers.
– Along came Gardening hero George Russell: Almost a hundred years later, George Russell, a horticultural worker from York, started to cross breed Lupins in his spare time. After a lifetime of tireless work, breeding and selecting generation after generation of seedlings, this humble and selfless man released his plants to the gardening world for free. By 1937 he had succeeded in producing Lupins with a long blooming season, hardy constitution, and towering flower spikes close packed with flowers. He shyly accepted the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award, but not a penny of money. The world has loved his Russell Lupins ever since.