Fabaceae, Lupinus pilosus, seed available

I have a huge number of Lupinus pilosus seeds, please feel free to contact me if you’re interested. Some brief info below and here’s a link to a previous post with additional info:

Lupinus pilosus, commonly called Blue Lupine, or in Arabic: ترمس برّي‎ , in Hebrew: תורמוס ההרים‎. Fantastic plant, nitrogen fixing, drought tolerant. After blooming the plant develop giant pods full of large seeds. Germinates in early spring / late winter growing into early / mid summer when they bloom and g

Of ethnobotanical interest: In the areas around  the South Tyrolean village of Altrei (Anterivo), Italy, L. pilosus was historically grown. The seeds were roasted and mixed with malt grains and infused in boiling water to produce a coffee-like but caffeine-free hot beverage, Altreier Kaffee (“Altrei coffee”). Interesting not only from a cultural and historical but also from a botanical standpoint, since 2006 a local initiative is re-establishing L. pilosus cultivation in the Altrei region to revive this culinary specialty.

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8 thoughts on “Fabaceae, Lupinus pilosus, seed available

  1. Just be aware that other lupines have become invasive in North America, so I would suggest not planting any of these lupine seeds anywhere on this continent.

    1. Thank you for the comment. Yes, out of the 600 some odd documented Lupine species, more then 200 are wild species and most of them are native to N. America… of these a few (most notably Lupinus polyphyllus, a garden hybrid) have been dubbed invasive due to their ability to grow as pioneer species in disturbed areas where other plants cannot due to unfavorable soil conditions. This is true for many nitrogen fixing species.

      I agree that, if mis-managed, Lupinus pilosus could potentially naturalize under the right conditions. However, that said, I don’t necessarily think that is sufficient justification to rule out planting it anywhere on the continent.

      Many “invasive” nitrogen fixing plants thrive where little else can grow, most often colonizing land that has been in some way destroyed / decimated / altered by human beings. Through the process of colonization nitrogen fixing plants can mitigate erosion and improve soil fertility, thereby paving the way for more diverse succession.

    1. Hmm, not sure. It would definitely grow well in some of the drier, more temperate / mediterranean areas. However, I know Australia is notoriously strict on import of foreign seeds…

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