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PlantFiles: Dwarf Lupine
Lupinus polyphyllus 'Popsicle Mix'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lupinus (loo-PIE-nus) (Info)
Species: polyphyllus (pol-ee-FIL-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Popsicle Mix

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LadyJane_M On Jun 28, 2009, LadyJane_M from Bellevue, WA wrote:

Lupinus require neutral to acidic soils. Chlorosis & disease problems can result from higher pH or poorly drained soils. Although they like full sun or light shade, to thrive they need the location to be cool and moist as well.

Neutral bmadsen On Jun 11, 2008, bmadsen from Waltham, MA wrote:

I've tried planting Popsicle Lupine twice. Each time I've planted six plants, but of those twelve plants, only four have survived and are now doing well. They get rave reviews when in bloom.
All four are pink or bi-color pink/white, and I'm hoping to get some of the other colors, so I'll probably order another dozen.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California
Waltham, Massachusetts
Shelby, Ohio
Mercer Island, Washington

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