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Persian Slipper Lupin Plants (Lupinus Persian Slipper West Country Range)Persian Slipper Lupin Plants (Lupinus Persian Slipper West Country Range)

Persian Slipper Lupin Plants

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Lupinus, West Country Range

Pot Grown Herbaceous Perennials
  • Colour: Lavender blue
  • Flowering: June - July
  • Mounds of mid-green foliage
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height: 60cm
  • Spread: 50cm
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'Persian Slipper' Lupin Plants, Westcountry Range. 2 Litre Pots

Lavender blue flowers on shorter than average stems, to 60cm. Peppery scent.

Often described as 'lagoon blue', we would say Persian Slipper verged more towards the purple side of things. A compact variety, with white tips when not fully mature, and white flecks within.

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  • Colour: Purple-blue with white flecks
  • Flowering: June - July
  • Mounds of mid-green foliage
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height: 60cm
  • Spread: 50cm

Wild lupin seeds were eaten in the past, but this is no longer possible with modern varieties, so please do not eat any part of them.

Growing Lupins

Being of the pea family, lupins are nitrogen fixers and will perform well enough in poor soil, but for a good display they like plenty of organic matter and consistent moisture during the growing season. The ideal soil pH is neutral to mildly acidic, but as long as you aren't growing on a thin topsoil over shallow chalk they should be fine anywhere with fairly decent drainage: damp is fine, but their crowns tend to rot if waterlogged in winter. They are shade-tolerant and suitable for north-facing sites, although the flowers will be a bit less impressive.

In Your Garden Design

A compact variety, 'Persian Slipper' will sit well with both cool and colourful schemes. As it is of a blue hue, if planted at the back of the garden, it will give the impression of a distant horizon. Joanna Fortnam, gardening editor of The Daily Telegraph, describes seeing them through lashing rain in the Jubilee Walk at Penshurst Place in Kent: "almost luminous in the low light" - just the thing to bring solace on a soggy day.

Did You Know?

As every Sherlock fan knows, Holmes "keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece." A traditional Persian slipper has a decorative pointed toe, sometimes extended into a "rat's tail", that sweeps back over the top of the slipper, towards the heel.

To a hunter, a Persian slipper is an unusual deer hoof with cleaves that are significantly longer than average, thus making distinctive tracks.

Cultivation Instructions

Lupins should be planted in a sunny or semi-shaded spot, preferably in moist but well-drained soil as they dislike anything that stays really wet in winter. Water regularly until well established, and water mature plants during dry periods to avoid mildew.  

Aphids love lupins, and slugs and snails can do a lot of damage to young plants and new spring growth, so be ready to sluggo them on sight. You can rub off aphids by hand or spray them off with a jet of water, or bug spray them. It is best to entirely remove a badly affected flower stem as soon as you see it, rather than try to save it. 

Aphids will dictate the best time to tidy your plants each year. If you have no problem with them, you can leave the leaves and stems for winter interest, and chop them back in early spring to make way for new growth. If aphids are causing problems, then chopping your plants down to the ground in September will also get rid of their eggs, depriving them of a running start next year. 

Feed with a general-purpose fertiliser in spring, or some bonemeal or seaweed. Feed them occasionally during the growing season.

Remove faded flower stems as soon as they fade to encourage a new flush of flowers in early autumn. Staking is only necessary in very windy locations: do this in spring, before the flower spikes appear.

Propagation works best from basal cuttings; the seeds will vary from the parent.