The Governor Lupin Plants

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Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Blue (Medium)
Type Pot Grown
Also Good Repeat Flowering, Foliage
Flowering Jun, Jul

Lupinus polyphyllus The Governor

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Lupin The Governor

Create early summer interest in your borders with The Governor's vivid blue flowers with contrasting white standard petals. Flowering in a period when many other border stalwarts are yet to get going, The Governor takes over from spring bulb displays to bring reliable and colourful cheer to the garden throughout late spring and early summer. And with so many different colours to choose from (see our range of UK grown Lupins for sale), why not combine The Governor with a few other varieties from our range, like bicoloured The Chatelaine or the softer hues of creamy-white flowered Noble Maiden for even greater impact?

Great in your Garden

This striking lupin combines architectural splendour with a cottage garden charm, making The Governor equally at home amongst other traditional favourites like aquilegia and geraniums, or planted en masse in more contemporary schemes with box, bronze fennel and alliums. Whilst the vertical stems of vibrant blue flowers catch the eye and create movement in the border, The Governor's soft mounds of large, palmate leaves also play an important role as ground cover, creating the impression that the flower spikes are rising from a sea of green.

Deadhead faded flower spikes to encourage new growth of flowers in early autumn. Remove any untidy foliage during the summer.


  • Colour: Blue and white bicolored pea-like flowers
  • Flowering: June - July
  • Foliage: Mounds of mid-green large palmate leaves
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Attractive to Pollinators: Yes
  • Height: 90cm
  • Spread: 75cm
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Light moist but well-drained, acid to neutral soil

Wolf Flower

The genus Lupinus derives from the Latin for wolf (lupus). Thought to originate from an early belief that some species of lupin devoured the nutrients of the land due to their abundance, the opposite is actually true. In fact, lupins are extremely useful nitrogen-fixers and for this reason, the plant was introduced into northern Europe in the late 1700s in order to improve soil conditions.

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
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