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White Lupin

Lupinus albus

Also known as

Egyptian Lupine, European White Lupin, Mediterranean White Lupin, Fiel's lupin, Wolf bean, Eygptian lupin, Lupin

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

White Lupin Overview

The white lupin is a broad-leafed lupin. The plant is an annual cultivated for the beans produced and used as a green manure crop. The seeds (beans) have a high protein content, the highest of the pulse family with the lowest starch content. They are commonly served as a snack in Mediterranean countries.

Common problems with White Lupin

Slugs, mildew, leaf spot

White Lupin Companion Plants

Lupins will benefit all plants that like nutrients. Plant before or alongside heavy feeders like brassicas.

How to harvest White Lupin

Harvest seed pods when brown and dry, the pods are strong and might not burst open. The seeds can then be soaked and eaten.

How to propagate White Lupin


Soak seed for 24 hours before in situ planting in mid spring or autumn, germination within 14 days.


Forms by basal cuttings from non-flowering side-shoots in spring or early summer.

Special features of White Lupin

Crop rotation

As legumes they provide nitrogen to the soil, thus planted after heavy feeding crops or first in rotation.

Other uses of White Lupin

Raw material


Taken internally are said to be anthelmintic, diuretic and emmenagogue.


The dried seeds (beans) are soaked in salted water or sea water for 2 to 3 hours and eaten raw.

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