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Herbaceous Perennial

Lupinus 'Beefeater'

lupin 'Beefeater'

'Beefeater' is a clump-forming perennial to 90cm with palmately divided leaves. In early to mid-summer produces upright spires of closely packed, brick red flowers each with a small, yellow fleck in the centre of the upper petal

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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 Green
Summer Red Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from basal stem cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • 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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