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Lupinus texensis

 
Lupinus texensis

Common name Texas bluebonnet
Family fabaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue (spring)
Size 12"
Light sun
From seed Scarify, soak, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Never saw flowers from the first time we tried these (my typical annual afflication: by the time I get around to setting them out, it's into the warm season, I'm tired, and I forget where I put things). This year, I put them right up at the front of the border, and sure enough, they bloomed. Smaller plants than I was expecting, but the combination of the starry-silvery foliage and the clear blue flowers is a winning one. I'd love if this would self-seed for us, but just to be sure, I'll be collecting some seed myself.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from PT order. Soaked seed, baggy 70F (75+%G, 5-25d). Required scarification to germinate
  2. Same seed as above. Scarified with sandpaper, soaked 1d. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)

Good scarification is key to germination. Seedlings grow fast.


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