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Lupine, Russell Hybrid Mixed Colors

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Magnificent at the back of the border and for cutting or naturalizing.

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Very striking, bold upright spikes are dense with pea-like flowers in intense blues to creams. Best placed at the back of the border for cutting or naturalizing. Stately 3' spikes in wide color range and many lovely bicolor, bloom from May to June. Attractive foliage. Prefers cool weather.
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Lupine, Russell Hybrid Mixed Colors
Lupine, Russell Hybrid Mixed Colors, , large
Item #: 46383A
1 Pkt. (150 seeds)
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

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Lupine: Direct Sow Perennial

How to Sow

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in spring after danger of frost in a sunny location with well-drained, moist, slightly acidic soil. Sow where plants are to remain as they do not transplant well.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 14-28 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to 18 inches apart.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Taller varieties may require staking.

Growing Tips

  • Plants bloom in summer, but if you cut the spent slower stalks back after blooming, the plants may reward you with a second flush of bloom in late summer or fall.
  • Lupines are cool season plants that are at their best in areas with cool summer nights.
  • These spiky plants are dramatic at the back of the border and beautiful for cut flowers.
  • They naturalize well in wildflower meadows.
  • The flowers attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects.
Full Sun, Part Sun
36 inches
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Life Cycle
Lupine, Russell Hybrid Mixed Colors is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flowers I loved the way these looked and stood out from the traditional flowers on my street. They were a conversation starter with my neighbors while I was working on my yard. Can't wait to see how they come up again next year!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Foliage I established a raised asparagus bed and planted the lupines infront. I've been fertilizing the asparagus so much I think I cursed my chances at blooms this year. Interesting looking leaves, but I'm excited for blossoms next year!
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these! Lupines are so easy to grow, and really beautiful! I grew up in Atlantic Canada where lupines grown wild along the highways. I'm so excited to have some in my backyard to remind me of home :) I am planting them along our chain link fence to spruce it up a bit!
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lupine Russell Mixed Coplors Hybrid Super easy, quick growing - growth from seeds was incredibly fast. Do not try to transplant after planting. They have long roots so plant outside - not in a planter. Some Lupine are poisonous - so be careful concerning your pets and small children.
Date published: 2007-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lupine Russell This flower reminds me of an old time garden, I Love it.
Date published: 2006-06-05
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