Purple flowered lupin
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Is this plant growing in a natural environment, or in a garden?
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
This plant is growing on a reclaimed colliery site that has been turned over to a community woodland by the Land Reclamation Trust. A pink variety of Lupin was found not too far away. My impression was that they had either been planted or grown from seed that had been intentionally sown
Ah, I see, yes, very likely sown deliberately to help add some nitrogen to the soil. Lupins, like all members of the pea famliy have root nodules that contain bacteria which can turn gaseous N from the air into soluble compounds that plants can use.
Lat/Lng: 53.3, -1.3
OS grid ref: SK4982