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Lupinus Red Rum

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Lupin

Great for cut flowers

One in a million, like its namesake. This unusual variety of a much loved cottage garden plant has red spikes which are flecked with white at the base of each pea-like bloom. Loved by bees and excellent for flower arranging.

Where?

Give this beauty pride of place in the middle of a sunny border where it is bound to cause comment.

How?

Easy to grow in rich but well drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine for this. Remove faded flower spikes to encourage more blooms and keep an eye out for slugs and snails until your plants are established.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - July
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 90 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to July