A beautiful evergreen shrub that bears silky shoots, grey-green leaves and from late spring to summer, fragrant yellow, sometimes blue or white flowers.
These are similar to the cultivated varieties of lupin but are held in looser panicles.
It is relatively short lived but seeds itself freely so you should never be without.
It can be a fast grower achieving 120cm in a growing season making it very useful for plugging a large gap. When planting, the ground should be cultivated thoroughly but there is no need to add compost or rich food. A handful of organic bonemeal should be worked into the surface first and, if the soil is heavy, dig in half a bucket of sharp grit or gravel.
To prolong flowering cut back spent flowers so that new shoots are produced on the side axles. Must be grown in full sun.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Yellow, blue or white
Light, well drained
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