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Herbaceous Perennial

Lupinus 'Red Rum'PBR

lupin 'Red Rum'

'Red Rum' is an upright, clump-forming perennial, to 90cm tall, with palmately-divided green leaves. Spikes of deep rose-red flowers, flecked with white, are borne over a long period from late spring into summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts, particularly the seeds, may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Lupinus can be annuals, perennials or shrubs, with palmate leaves and showy terminal racemes of pea-like flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, light, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light, dappled shade. May need support (see staking perennials)

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in late spring or in seedbeds and transplanted to final flowering site in autumn, or propagate from basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers

Pests

May be affected by slugs and lupin aphid

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews, rots, a leaf spot and a virus

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