Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Lupinus perennis - Wild Lupine

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Lupinus perennis

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Wild Lupine
Orange Sulphur butterfly
Orange Sulphur butterfly
Photo: Permission from Cuyahoga Valley National Park - by © Nancy Piltch

Propagation Notes - Wild Lupine

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

Seed Provenance - Lupinus perennis -

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2013

Wild Lupine Jim Wohl
Wild Lupine Jim Wohl

Cultivation Information

Lupinus perennis  - Wild Lupine
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

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