BIG LEAF LUPINE
HEIGHT: 4 feet
HABITAT: Wet prairie, damp forests, droughty uplands
SEEDING RATE: 10-12 lbs per acre with approximately
19,000-30,000 seeds per lb
STRATIFICATION: None but since it has a hard seed, scarification improves germination
This is the true native, not Russells. It is a legume with huge beautiful flowers. It will grow in wet prairie to droughty uplands and tolerates hot summers and wet winters. Since its roots grow deep, it is a good choice for erosion control and soil stabilization. Plants do not usually flower until the second year.
Planting instructions: For general ground prep (click here.) Best planted in the fall 1/2 - 3/4 inch deep.