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Westcountry Manhattan Lights Lupine

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Width 2 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4-9

Get ready to be astounded! The amazing color, texture, and form of this highly unusual lupine make it a showstopper. The very large flowers are burgundy purple and yellow. The bright green foliage, resembling palm leaves, provide fabulous texture and shape. This vibrant plant grows to a height of 24-36 inches on strong stems - creating punctuation through the garden, in early summer. Lupinus polyphyllus is a member of the legume (pea) family, thus fixes nitrogen in the soil. The densely packed blooms of 'Manhattan Lights' attract pollinators to your garden.

The growth habit is upright with a mass of sturdy spikes; the bright green foliage is mounding. These plants have few disease and pest problems – they are deer and rabbit resistant – protect them from slugs with copper tape or wildlife-friendly slug pellets. They are tolerant of drought. The garden lupine is a perennial herb native to western North America. This beauty was bred by a British nursery, Westcountry Nurseries, in Devonshire. Lovely in city gardens and courtyard gardens, it is a staple of the cottage garden. Use it in the border in a stunning mass planting or as a striking specimen or focal point. A very suitable cut flower, cut when about ¾ of the flowers are open to last longer.

Westcountry Manhattan Lights Lupine Care

Choose a sheltered location to protect it from the wind and avoid staking. Dig a hole in well-drained soil. Mulch to keep the roots cool. The plant needs good drainage. Water consistently with the equivalent of 1inch of rain each week. There is no need to fertilize, as too much may result in excessive foliage growth. It is happiest in part sun to sun in a sandy or clay soil with a pH that is slightly acidic.

By deadheading your lupines, you will extend the bloom time. Winter care is simple – just give them a good mulch. They are best grown in the ground because when planted in pots they may become weak and susceptible to attacks by aphids. If your lupines fail to bloom it may be because they have too much sun or heat.

Westcountry Manhattan Lights Lupine Spacing

Plant them in groups for the best visual impact, or plant them in large drifts among ornamental grasses. Space your plants 24-inches apart, measured center to center.

Westcountry Manhattan Lights Lupine Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Width: 2 Feet
Plant Spacing: 2 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Shade: Burgundy Purple & Yellow
Seasonal Interest: Spring Early Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green Shades
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Cut Flower Landscape Mass Planting Specimen or Focal Point
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Lupinus polyphyllus 'Manhattan Lights'

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

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.

2 Reviews - Westcountry Manhattan Lights Lupine Show Reviews

  • 4
    Not doing...

    Posted by Valery Hardy on Jul 1st 2021

    Maybe it’s too hot here in north Texas but the lupine is struggling.

  • 3
    Arrived looking good-unfortunately the bunnies...

    Posted by Heidi Zisch on Jun 4th 2021

    Sadly, these didn't survive our hungry wild rabbits, and were eaten within days of planting. Thought that they'd be rabbit resistant, but apparently no one told our wild rabbits.