Lupinus 'My Castle' (Band of Nobles Series)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, slightly acid, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Flower colour: rich red
- Other features: the seeds can cause severe discomfort if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Perfectly suited for hot themed borders, where the brick red flowers, which usually have a darker standard, will provide a dramatic burst of colour from early to midsummer. Stately and elegant, they look very impressive when planted in bold drifts, or mixed together with other summer flowering perennials.
- Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes in spring before the flowers appear and deadhead the faded blooms to encourage a second flush of flowers.
- Harmful if eaten
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Q:My Lupins are being eaten, there is no signs of slugs so what else could it be?Asked on 8/12/2013 by pugwash from Hornchurch Essex
Slugs and snails are the most likely culprits as they love these plants, and they tend to feed at night so you won't see them during the day. I have attached a link to an article on slugs and snails with a few tips to try on how to control them. Another possible offender could be caterpillars, but I think you would see them on the plant or the tiny black balls of excrement that they leave behind.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 8/14/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
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