The Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine, otherwise known as the Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 is a pretty well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine are the following:
- Water: The Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
- Light: Keep your Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine belongs to the Magnoliaceae family, the genus Magnolia and the species Stellata, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 (loo-PY-nus).
As with other Magnolia’s, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
The Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is a plant native to the Japan.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 will be most used to the heat zones in the 5 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.
But, how big does the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…
The Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 can grow up to 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) in 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) and 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) in 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m).
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded, and upright shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
In terms of watering, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, moist, and occasionally wet properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
As mentioned earlier, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine prefers to have soil with good drainage, moist, and occasionally wet properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.
This is why most experts agree that the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine requires soil with high organic matter, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid), and during the winter.
You can expect your Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine produces some beautiful red & yellow, or white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine is well known for being able to attract butterflies and birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for clay soil, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 will be fine.
How should you then organize your garden to include your new Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.
Most Lupinus ‘Tequila Flame’ Plant Patent #23,047 owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage, contemporary and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in traditional garden styles.
In particular, the Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a container, mass planting, border, cutting garden, or a urban garden.
Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Geranium, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Phlox subulata will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Westcountry™ Tequila Flame Lupine in your garden or home.