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This beautiful drought tolerant species will send up tall spikes of flowers in varying shades of blue/violet to white over silvery-green foliage. A great choice for partially sunny locations. Some species of this deer resistant plant are toxic to livestock in the early growth and seed stages. A native to the eastern states from Maine to Florida and west to Minnesota and Indiana, this species is found growing in open woods, clearings and sandy prairies. This is the only food for the larva of the Karner Blue Butterfly. Scarify the seed by scratching with sandpaper and soak overnight in tepid water before planting 1/4 inch deep for best results. Plant in slightly acidic soil that is well drained. Sandy, rocky soil will allow the tap root to grow well. Keep the soil moist until the seedling is 3-4 inches tall. No need for fertilization, but lupines like regular irrigation. These are great for wildflower gardens and meadows, but also do well as accents in perennial garden flower beds and make great cut flowers.
Rate: 1 oz./80 sq.ft.
Bloom time: May – June
Pkt. weight: 3 gm
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