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The Governor Lupine

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 24- 36 Inches
  • Mature Spread 24- 36 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

Lupinus The Governor is a robust perennial lupine with striking flowers and foliage. The indigo and white clusters of pea-like flowers are held on tall, sturdy wands in spring. The flowers persist through June and attract hummingbirds and bees. The gray-green palmate foliage forms a dense mound that spreads to 18 inches. This is the queen of the perennial garden, with blooms that will outshine all others and provide wonderful fragrant cut flowers.

The Governor is a perennial that will die back over the winter. It is cold hardy to zone 4 and dislikes hot, humid climates. It is deer and rabbit resistant, but can be susceptible to powdery mildew and aphids. Give plants plenty of room for good air circulation and spray off aphids with a strong blast of water. Lupines look fabulous placed in the middle of flower beds where their flower spikes will steal the show. They also look amazing planted in large groups, which will attract all kinds of pollinators and make a big design statement.

The Governor Lupine Care

This lupine grows well in full sun to part shade and appreciates some shade from hot afternoon sun. It prefers moist, well-drained, sandy soil that is rich in nutrients. It grows well in neutral to slightly acidic soil. Water ‘The Governor’ regularly and deeply during the summer, making sure the soil never dries out. To keep the roots cool and protected, apply a thick layer of mulch around the lupine’s root zone. 

Cut back the flower spike after blooming to extend the bloom time and discourage reseeding. Tattered foliage can also be cut back at this time to promote new growth. 

The Governor Lupine Spacing

Space these plants approximately 18 - 24 inches apart to allow proper air circulation. They also can be grown in containers that are at least 16 inches in diameter. Repot each spring with fresh soil in a larger container.

The Governor Lupine Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 24- 36 Inches
Mature Spread: 15 - 18 Inches
Spacing: 15 - 18 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Common Name: The Governor Lupine
Other Name(s):

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.