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Why has my lupin changed colour?

plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

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!  image



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    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

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    plant pauper I feel for you but I prefer the new colour, I think it's lovely!!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    My purple one stayed purple image

    My pink one stayed pink image

    My lemon /yellow one stayed lemon/yellow image

    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! image Thanks all.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    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.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Just as an add, the red one I had last year is just showing this evening. It's now pink!

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    I agree with rosemummy it still is a bonney  looking thing

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,630

    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.

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  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    I've been having a read and apparently they don't revert! Really? Coulda fooled me. image

    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 ?

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