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Lupinus havardii (Big Bend Bluebonnet)

Bluebonnet, Big Bend Bluebonnet, Big Bend Lupine, Havard Bluebonnet, Chisos Bluebonnet


Native to Texas, Lupinus havardii (Big Bend Bluebonnet) is a tall winter annual boasting narrow, elongated clusters of very deep blue, pea-shaped flowers with a lemon blotch. Blooming in early to mid spring, they are borne on the upper 4-8 in. (10-20 cm) of stout, ascending stems, well above the foliage of palmate leaves. Each leaf is divided into seven leaflets with pointed tips. Lupinus havardii is the tallest Bluebonnet and looks breathtaking when planted in mass. Excellent cut flowers.

  • Grows up to 1-4 ft. tall (30-120 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in poor, gravelly, sandy, dry, well-drained soils. Water regularly in fall until seed germinates.
  • Low maintenance and highly disease and pest free, this plant is also drought tolerant.
  • An excellent choice for flower borders, cottage gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by seed in the fall. The plants need to overwinter to bloom. Germination is enhanced if the seed is scarified or soaked in warm water overnight.
  • Native to Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Lupinus - Lupines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 4' (30cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Lupinus - Lupines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 4' (30cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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