Last year I bought a deep red lupin that looked like this
Now it looks like this
Can anybody tell me why?
I'm a bit cheesed off!
I colud understand that Dave if it was from seed but this is a well established plant. Surely it shouldn't happen in one season.
Also I didn't let it set seed.
Last edited: 31 May 2016 21:09:33
plant pauper I feel for you but I prefer the new colour, I think it's lovely!!
My purple one stayed purple
My pink one stayed pink
My lemon /yellow one stayed lemon/yellow
And my red one went puce. Brilliant! Could be worse could be purple too!
Oh well! I'll just move it when it dies down and put something else there! Thanks all.
I had a coppery coloured one many years ago and I think it had a hundred and thirty odd spikes eventually! It was huge and some of them towards the end were tiny....but still. I was shocked. I didn't see Dave's comment.
Just as an add, the red one I had last year is just showing this evening. It's now pink!
I agree with rosemummy it still is a bonney looking thing
According to West Country Nurseries who are major lupin breeders, reversion does not occur in lupins.
It is a question they get asked a lot, and in their experience, it is due to self seeding, close to the original plant.
I've been having a read and apparently they don't revert! Really? Coulda fooled me.
It hasn't gone true purple like the wild ones but it's definitely unred.
Could it be something to do with the level of soil acidity as with the colour of hydrangeas ?