A striking, native spring to early summer bloomer, Lupine will make a wonderful addition to your garden border or cut-flower bed. As a member of the pea family, Lupines have pea-like flowers that grow along large, erect stems in colors from purple, yellow, pink and white. The foliage is beautiful in itself, with star-shaped leaves that are covered in silvery hairs that repel water. Grown best in full sun to part shade, Lupines require well-drained, slightly acidic, fertile to moderately fertile soil. Lupines will not tolerate heavy clay soils due to the fact that they grow long tap roots. They are a short-lived perennial but will self seed if so desired.