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Lupinus texensis

 
Lupinus texensis
Pennsylvania seed-grown
Texas bluebonnet
Texas specimen
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

I never saw flowers from the first time we tried these (my typical annual affliction: 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). In my second Pennsylvania attempt, 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. Unfortunately, it did not self-seed.
Our next attempt to grow these lovelies was in a more appropriate locale: Texas itself, which has named this its state flower. The plants were nursery-purchased, but this time I'm really hoping for some self-seeding.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston front yard

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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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