Interesting things about lupine

While winter is increasingly pulling on the blanket, I – a heat-loving vegetable – longingly think of summer. Today I want to focus on one of my favorite wildflowers – lupine. Now many people sow multicolored mixtures of this plant on their Country Houses. Why not learn a couple of interesting facts about it?

Facts about lupine

garden lupine1. The genus lupin includes a large variety of species. They include both annuals and perennials. And by size, lupins are divided into shrubs, semi-shrubs, and even semi-shrubs – I didn’t think biologists used diminutive suffixes in their nomenclature. 🙂

2. The root system of lupine can reach 1-2 meters in length (I am immediately reminded of the process of weeding dandelions).

3. the lupine’s range of distribution is very wide. The flower can grow not only at sea level, but also 4,800 meters above it and even higher. And high-altitude species themselves sometimes reach 4 meters in height.

4. Most scientists agree that there are about 200 species of this plant.

5. Some lupine species grow in the deserts of the United States, Chile, Peru, and the oases of the Sahara.

6. The quality of lupine seed oil is close to that of olive oil and benefits from the absence of substances that slow down digestion.

7. Since ancient times, the lupine has been of gastronomic interest not only to animals, but also to humans.

8. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria grow on the roots of lupine. From one hectare of this picturesque crop up to 200 kg of nitrogen is accumulated in the soil, so the flower is also valued as a green manure and an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical fertilizers.

9. In addition to ornamental and agricultural purposes, lupine is used in medicine, pharmacology, and as a fish food.

10. Cultivation of lupine began 4 thousand years ago in Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. And today in Russia, fmountain lupineour species of the plant are used in agriculture.