- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, slightly acid, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Other features: the seeds can cause severe discomfort if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact annual lupin that is found colonising open woodland and grassland where it will self-seed readily and slowly form large drifts. The pea-like blue and cream flowers, which appear on on upright spikes attracting beneficial insects (including bees), put on a dazzling show when they appear in summer, and afterwards the seed heads remain attractive for several months. Perfect for poor, well-drained soils and coastal settings.
- Growing Instructions: Soak the seeds in water for a day or two or gently scarify them before surface sowing on well-prepared, freely draining soil. Keep well watered and when large enough to handle, thin to 25cm intervals. Resist removing the seed heads after the flowers have faded until the seeds have been collected for the following year. Seeds sown in the autumn will produce plants that flower earlier in the season than those sown in spring.
- Sow: March - May or September - November
- Harvest: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 30 seeds.
- Harmful if eaten
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