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Lupine, Silvery

Lupine, Silvery

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Lupinus argenteus

Wonderful little native nitrogen fixer with beautiful pea-like flowers!

If you picture a quintessential Idaho wildflower meadow, chances are lupines are in your dreams. These beautiful pea family plants grow to around 18" tall , with silvery leaves and big spikes of deep purple pea-shaped flowers that bloom in early summer. A gorgeous addition to a meadow or as a stand alone plant, lupines can spread to form little clumps over time. They are a valuable food source for bumble bees and butterflies. They also help fix nitrogen, making it available to nearby plants. At low elevations, they will do best with a bit of shade, but they can handle full sun at higher altitudes.  All parts of the plant are toxic to humans and animals. Sow seeds in fall for best germination rate in spring.

Seeds were sustainably wildcrafted in the Great Basin by Kyle and friends at Native-Seed Company.

30 seeds.

Directions: Direct seed in early spring or fall. Or, start indoors, harden off and transplant out ASAP. To aid germination, soak seed overnight and/or scarify with sand paper.

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