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Lupinus havardii (Big Bend Bluebonnet)

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

Lupinus havardii, Bluebonnet, Big Bend Bluebonnet, Big Bend Lupine, Havard Bluebonnet, Chisos Bluebonnet, Blue Flowers, Blue Annual
Lupinus havardii, Bluebonnet, Big Bend Bluebonnet, Big Bend Lupine, Havard Bluebonnet, Chisos Bluebonnet, Blue Flowers, Blue Annual

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 the fall until the 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.
  • All parts, particularly the seeds, may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Wear gloves and wash your hands after handling.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses, toxic to humans.
  • Native to Texas.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Leguminosae
Genus Lupinus
Common names Havard Bluebonnet, Bluebonnet
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Height 1' - 4'
(30cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs 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, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Leguminosae
Genus Lupinus
Common names Havard Bluebonnet, Bluebonnet
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Height 1' - 4'
(30cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs 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, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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