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Flowers - Lupine, Texas Bluebonnet


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The Texas Bluebonnet Lupine (Lupinus texensis) is so named because the blossoms resemble the bonnets worn by pioneer women. This low-growing annual is in the legume family, so it fixes nitrogen in the soil and is a great companion plant or cover crop for the vegetable garden. Produces upright spikes of pea-sized blossoms in rich blue with white tips, but can also pop up in shades of white, pink, purple, and maroon (“Aggiebonnet”). Grows 1'-1.5' tall on sturdy stems with daisy-like palmate foliage. Spectacular in a pot or blanketing an entire field. The state flower of Texas.

If consumed in large quantities, seeds can be toxic to people, pets, and livestock.

  • Life cycle: Annual
  • Bloom season: Spring
  • Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators
  • Flower meaning: Abundance, change, growth

SEED PLANTING TIPS

  • Botanical name: Lupinus texensis
  • Hardiness zones: 3-8
  • Planting season: Fall
  • Days to maturity: 1st or 2nd year
  • Cold stratify: No
  • Depth to plant seeds: Lightly cover - seeds need light to germinate
  • Spacing between plants: 8"-12" apart
  • Days to germinate (sprout): 7-30 days
  • Germination soil temps: 55F-70F
  • Soil types: Clay, sandy, loamy, silty, rocky, chalky, calcareous, dry, well-drained
  • Soil pH: 7.5+
  • Water needs: Low - do not overwater
  • Sun needs: Full sun
  • Frost tolerant: Yes
  • Drought tolerant: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes

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