The Lady Lupine is a stunning wildflower that is native to the southeastern United States. It grows in sandy soil in well-drained sites like pine flatwoods and sandhills. It is difficult to cultivate. It has a deep taproot and does not like to be transplanted. This species is for the gardener that like a challenge. For those that do try to grow it and are successful, they will be rewarded with plants that have spectacular spikes of unique, pink and maroon flowers. The flowers are followed by elliptic seed pods. Grow it in very well-drained, sandy, acidic to neutral soil in full sun. Hardy in zones 8-10.
Growing Instructions for the Lady Lupine
The seeds have a hard seed coat that has to be treated, or scarified, in order for water to enter the seeds so that they can sprout. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seed in water for several hours. 3. Prepare a mixture of ¾ sand and ¼ potting soil. 4. Put the soil in peat pots. 5. Sow the seeds on the soil. 6. Sow the seeds on the soil. 7. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 8. Water the seeds. 7. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun. 8. When the seedlings have a couple of leaves the containers can be planted in the ground.