Monday, June 07, 2010

Lupines in NH

There is a beautiful field of purple rod like flowers on Rt 89 exit 2 near Concord. Each day that I pass it, I am in awe of the beautiful field of lupines. I am so tempted to stop and take a picture, but stopping on the highway for a photo op is frowned up, not to mention dangerous.
So, when I visited Dad that he restaurant and spotted his own field of lupines in the parking lot.

Dad's Lupines

Lupines in New London

NH is filled with lupines, also spelled lupins, that are perennials hardy in the South America, North America, Africa and the Mediterranean.
They grow 1 - 5 feet tall and have a beautiful leaf as well as flower. The leaf blades look like palms. The flowers look like wings and are sometimes known as "bluebonnets" or "quaker bonnets".
Lupins create nitrogen into ammonia which fertilizes the soil for other plants. This process allows lupins to tolerate infertile soil and poor quality soils. - Also, it helpful for "companion crops" that take advantage of the rich soil - cucumbers, squash, broccoli and spinach.

The name comes from the Latin word - lupinus meaning wolf, based on the plant taking over a land that it grows on.

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