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Herbaceous Perennial

Lupinus 'Tequila Flame'PBR

A bushy, clump-forming perennial to 60cm tall, with palm-like divided leaves and erect spikes of scented, bicoloured red and yellow flowers in summer

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

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy, Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
All parts, particularly the seeds, may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when 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, light and well-drained soil in full sun or light, dappled shade

Propagation

Propagate from basal softwood cuttings in mid spring. As this plant is protected by Plant Breeders' Rights, any propagation should be for personal rather than commercial use

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. As lupins can be short-lived for perennials, some may be left to seed as replacements, though plants grown from seed may be variable

Pests

May be susceptible to lupin aphid, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews, lupin anthracnose and virus diseases, and to fungal and bacterial rot particularly in damp conditions

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