Lupins are one of the traditional flowers of the early summer border, coinciding with the first flush of roses. Plants have a characteristic appearance, with foliage radiating out from the tip of leafstalk like spokes of a wheel, and tall, upright spikes densely packed with rows of small pea flowers, which in this variety are rich pink. Flowering continues for 6-8 weeks, but if plants are deadheaded straightaway, they will often produce a few late flowers in early autumn. Lupins are fairly short-lived, especially if grown on limy soil.
Cultivar: Judith Chalmers
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to July
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