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The name Lupinus reminded me of the Professor in the Harry Potter movie who was a werewolf. The name comes from the old French name Lupine which means “wolf-like”.

The plants are legumes and have been cultivated in the Meditterranean region since ancient times for enriching the soil. The seeds have also been sued as food in the Andes though some species are poisonous and cause the sheep’s disease lupinosis.

The plants are a must-have for English cottage-style gardens.

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