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Garden cultivars or Lupinus polyphyllus

Garden cultivars or Lupinus polyphyllus
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Copyright: bob cat (bobcat08) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 19 N: 361] (1431)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon G5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(blue) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 7:01
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Along the roadside in the nabourhood of the Dwingelerveld (a place of natural beauty) I saw dozens of lupines. Found this info on Wikipedia:

Large-leaved Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Luppineae
Genus: Lupinus
Subgenus: Platycarpos (Wats.) Kurl.
Species: L. polyphyllus
Binomial name
Lupinus polyphyllus

Lupinus polyphyllus (Large-leaved Lupine, Big-leaved Lupine, or, primarily in cultivation, Garden Lupin) is a species of lupine (lupin) native to western North America from southern Alaska and British Columbia east to Alberta and western Wyoming, and south to Utah and California. It commonly grows along streams and creeks, preferring moist habitats.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant with stout stems growing to 1.5 m tall. The leaves are palmately compound with (5-) 9-17 leaflets 3-15 cm long. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, each flower 1-1.5 cm long, most commonly blue to purple in wild plants.

There are five varieties:
Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei – Interior northwestern United States
Lupinus polyphyllus var. humicola – Interior western North America
Lupinus polyphyllus var. pallidipes – Western Oregon and Washington (Willamette Valley)
Lupinus polyphyllus var. polyphyllus – Coastal western North America
Lupinus polyphyllus var. prunophilus – Interior western North America

Cultivation and uses

Garden cultivars of Lupinus polyphyllus

It is commonly used in gardens for its flowers; numerous cultivars have been selected for differing flower color, including red, pink, white, blue, and multicolored with different colors on different petals. Often hybrids between L. polyphyllus and L. arboreus are used, and sold under the name Rainbow Lupin. They are very hardy and can easily become invasive and hard to get rid of.

Low alkaloidal or sweet cultivars of this lupin suitable for fodder crops have been bred. To avoid restoration of alkaloid synthesis in cross-pollinated species of lupin, a new approach has been developed on the basis of specific crossing. Only compatible forms are involved in hybridization, with their low alkaloid content controlled by one and the same genetic system. These approaches have allowed transforming this bitter weed into a valuable fodder crop. In the conditions of Northwest Russia positive results from the use of the sweet commercial cultivar 'Pervenec' (first sweet variety), which is included in the State Catalogue of selection achievements of Russia. Breeding of sweet lupin is carried out also in Finland.

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Hello Bob,
Good close up of the Lupine!
the pov is good to show us the beautiful flowers in closeness!
good clarity, natural colour and good details
well done and well seen

Hello Bob,
Beautiful capture of blue flowers with excellent details and colours.Very informative notes too. We have similar looking yellow flowers here which are very attractive too.Thanks for the share.

Hello Bob,
Lovely details have been captured in the blue lupins!
It is a good looking flower, but its tendency to take over makes it less popular...
Today we don't find them in gardens anymore over here, but they grow in millions by the roadside!
Pablo -

Hi Bob,
I like Lupines. These are really healthy and sparkling.
Good shot with sharp focus. But the spike on the right, half in and half out of the frame, hurts. You should have tried to take it in.
- Nirmal

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-09-29 8:54]
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Dag Bob,

Deze Lupines verdwijnen teveel uit onze tuinen, nochtans een schitterend bloem om te fotograferen, dit hier is het bewijs.
Het is werkelijk een prachtig plaatje.

Prettig weekend,

Hi Bob,
A really nice composition on these beautiful Lupines. A perfect flower for this vertical composition. A spot on exposure and soft light have really saturated the colors well. Nice sharp detail with a pleasing gradula falloff in the DOF.

Hoi Bob,
Alweer zo'n mooie foto van een pracht gebied. De kleuren en het detail in deze foto zijn echt super. Maar de diepte in deze foto vind ik heel erg mooi. Het feit dat je niet alleen de bloem laat zien, maar ook een deel van de omgeving vind ik erg goed gedaan. Iets waar menig fotograaf nog wel eens te veel op het onderwerp wil gaan staan heb jij juist het tegenovergestelde laten zien.

Hello Bob, wonderfull explosion of colors, splendid composition with a perfect focus an ideal deeph of field, very nice point of view,
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Hello Bob,
Excellent color, light, DOF, and details, the vertical composition is great.
They look similar to our "Bluebonnets" here in Texas. Very good notes on this one..
Well done!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-04 12:41]
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Hello Bob
It is not easy to capture the full beauty of these long flowers, however you did it perfectly. What a beautiful picture! I like a lot the composition and very good details.
Interesting note too.
Thank you very much for sharing.

PT :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-12-04 22:05]
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Hi Bob, I love these colours - lupins can be so pretty and they always stand out quite vibrantly.
We used to live on a sandy area and our section was covered in wild pale yellow Lupins - I never saw another colour until visiting our South Island - there I saw various tones of pinks, yellows and blues - they grow wild down there too.
Well composed image, thank you

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