Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Lupinus perennis - Wild Lupine

Cultivation Information
Lupinus perennis  - Wild Lupine
Lupinus perennis - Wild Lupine
Height - 3 to-14 inches
Flower Color
- Blue-violet
Blooms - May to June
Sun - Part sun to full

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9

Soil - Dry, well drained

Family - Fabaceae
Photo - Prairie Moon Nursery
Orange Sulphur butterfly
Orange Sulphur butterfly
Photo: Permission from Cuyahoga Valley National Park - by © Nancy Piltch
Propagation Notes -

Stored - Dry cold until ready to plant

Seeds Soaked - 2-25-2012 - Hot water for 2 days - until swelling

Sprouted - 3-1-2012 - Keep seedlings moist - once plants are larger be careful not to over water

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Natural Sunlight - 3-6-12 - Exposed a few hours each day to natural sunlight

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Wild Lupine
Wild Lupine Jim Wohl
Wild Lupine Jim Wohl
Soil and Wildlife Significance

Soil Benefits -These plants are nitrogen fixing plants.That is they give nitrogen back to the soil instead of depleting nitrogen levels.

Nectar Source - Monarchs, skippers

Host Plants -Lupines are caterpillar host plants for the Karner Blue Butterfly, West Coast Lady, Painted Lady, Clouded and Orange Sulphurs, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Elfins, Mountian Blue, and Erynnis afranius a skipper.

Pollinators - Listed in The Xerces Societies Guide to Attracting Native Pollinators as one of the top 37 wildflowers recommended for attracting native bees. Lupines are a favorite for long-tongued bumble bees, mason bees and honey bees.

For detailed information lupines, visit the Illinois Wildflower site

Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2013