Red Rum Lupin Plants (Lupinus Red Rum West Country Range)Red Rum Lupin Plants (Lupinus Red Rum West Country Range)Red Rum Lupin Plants (Lupinus Red Rum West Country Range)Red Rum Lupin Plants (Lupinus Red Rum West Country Range)

Red Rum Lupin Plants

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Lupinus, West Country Range

Pot Grown Herbaceous Perennials
  • Colour: Rosy red
  • Flowering: June - July
  • Mounds of mid-green foliage
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height: 90cm
  • Spread: 75cm
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Description

'Red Rum' Lupin Plants, Westcountry Range. 2 Litre Pots

Red Rum is a champion of plants from a champion of growers, with tall red flower spikes that contrast wonderfully with its emerald-green foliage. It's a cherry red winner.

Browse our other lupin varieties or all our perennial plants.

Features

  • Colour: Rosy red
  • Flowering: June - July
  • Mounds of mid-green foliage
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height: 90cm
  • Spread: 70cm
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained, acid to neutral
  • Planting instructions supplied

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

Whether dotted singly around a nostalgic cottage garden, or in massed, formal ranks, modern lupins add plenty of oomph to the border, introducing height, bold colour, and earthy scents.

'Red Rum' leaps out by several furlongs en masse, or combined with other English cottage-garden plants such as rich blue irises, or aquilegia, geraniums and phlox in complimentary colours of orange and yellow. Ideal if you want to draw attention away from less attractive areas or to those you want to focus upon. Good in pots as well as in borders at the back or middle.

Did You Know?

Red Rum is, our sources claim, one of Stephen King's favourite lupins. It's named after the thoroughbred steeplechaser who won the Grand National three times in the 1970s. He retired in 1978 but, according to a survey almost 30 later in 2006, he was still the most famous horse, real or fictional, in the UK (Black Beauty was no 2). His epitaph at Aintree Racecourse reads:

Respect this place
This hallowed ground
A legend here
His rest has found
His feet would fly
Our spirits soar
He earned our love for evermore.

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.