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Seed of the Week: Lupines

Did you guess the seed of the week last week? Let me give you another hint. When these seeds are ripe, they shoot out of the pods. Tick, tick, clack, they hit the side of the house.

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From the lupine flowers, come the ripening fruit,

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which then brown as they dry. When the pods are dry, and the sun warms them up, pop! The seeds go flying. You can see some of the curly, open pods at the bottom of this stem.

I have a couple of previous posts about lupines. Here's one that shows the seedlings close up.

More recently, I showed some bees pollinating the lupines.

As you can see, lupines are a favorite around our house.

Do lupines grow where you live?

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