One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the pea family with deeply divided leaves and tall colourful tapering spikes of flowers.
Genus Lupinus, family Leguminosae: several species
- ‘Their curiosity got the better of them when they noticed that, unlike other crops, plants in the legume family - beans, peas, alfalfa, lupines, vetch - thrived even in nitrogen-deficient soils.’
- ‘Items to be covered include options in crop sequences, wheat breeding directions, tramline farming, potential for durum wheats, lupins and various pests and their control.’
- ‘Meanwhile, out on the patio, the sole survivor of the six lupins we planted last year has produced a splendid spear of pale pink blossom.’
- ‘I want blooming roses, daisies, tritoma, canna, coreopsis, sweet william, lobelia, lupins, gypsophilia, pansies, and the like.’
- ‘Some perennials are relatively short-lived; lupines and primroses, for example, may live for only 2 to 5 years, though the seed they drop often produces new plants.’
- ‘Its perennial plants are complemented by azaleas, hydrangeas and lupins in pots.’
- ‘It is recommended that gardeners use transplants rather than seeds for growing bluebonnets and other species of hybrid lupines in their gardens.’
- ‘Enjoy lobelia, lupins and delphiniums while you can.’
- ‘Blue lupins flowered in the olive groves; the fields had the earth-smell of new beginnings.’
- ‘Finally the willow tree was heavily pruned and the Euonymus and three lupins were planted.’
- ‘The classic perennial lupines, with flower spikes that tower above their foliage like colorful candles, just got better.’
- ‘Then came perennial beds with roses, lilies, foxgloves, lupines, daisies, shrubs, and more.’
- ‘Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.’
- ‘The first is that you have been strong-minded enough to cut back the early herbaceous plants such as oriental poppies, delphiniums, geraniums and lupins.’
- ‘From the living room, family room, and my desk in the office, you look past the dwarf pine trees and lupines to the bay.’
- ‘Other gardeners prefer to interplant them with spring flowers such as columbines, daisies, dianthus, Iceland poppies, lupines, and peonies.’
- ‘The students planted their homegrown lupines on land managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near the Concord airport, a protected area which was recently expanded by 400 acres.’
- ‘Roses are beginning to bloom, delphiniums are tall and lupins dot the beds with their spikes of bright colour.’
- ‘Around the barn a flagged terrace is encircled by cottage garden plants, such as delphiniums, rambling roses, geraniums, dianthus and lupins.’
- ‘The slugs also preferred the leaves of lucerne, white clover and lupins, to the wheat plants.’
Late Middle English: from Latin lupinus.
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