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Miniature Lupine
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Miniature Lupine
Miniature Lupine
Miniature Lupine
Lupinus bicolor
Also known as : Pigmy-Leaved Lupine, Dove Lupine
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What is the best way to water my Miniature Lupine?
To water Miniature Lupine, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Miniature Lupine is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Miniature Lupine as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Miniature Lupine that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Miniature Lupine, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Miniature Lupine too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Miniature Lupine is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Miniature Lupine is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Miniature Lupine that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Miniature Lupine, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Miniature Lupine?
Miniature Lupine needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Miniature Lupine. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Miniature Lupine grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Miniature Lupine that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Miniature Lupine a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Miniature Lupine need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Miniature Lupine. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Miniature Lupine. Typically, you should give your Miniature Lupine about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Miniature Lupine in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Miniature Lupine enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Miniature Lupine. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Miniature Lupine are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Miniature Lupine may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Miniature Lupine as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Miniature Lupine through the seasons?
You can expect your Miniature Lupine’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Miniature Lupine, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Miniature Lupine that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Miniature Lupine is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Miniature Lupine at different growth stages?
Miniature Lupine will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Miniature Lupine as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Miniature Lupine will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Miniature Lupine will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Miniature Lupine indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Miniature Lupine grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Miniature Lupine needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Miniature Lupine water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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Attributes of Miniature Lupine

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Annual, Perennial
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Spring, Winter
Plant Height
20 cm to 30 cm
Spread
30 cm to 50 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Flower Size
8 cm
Flower Color
Purple
Blue
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food

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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Solutions: Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy. Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all. For less severe cases: Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem). Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes. For severe cases: Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb. Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants. Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
Leaf rot
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Solutions: Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden. In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label. In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
Sap-sucking insects
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Sap-sucking insects
Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Solutions: Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
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What is Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
What is Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting of leaves in Miniature Lupine typically starts at the younger outer leaves before progressing inward. Affected plants may exhibit droopy, discolored leaves and stunted growth.
What Causes Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
What Causes Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
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Inadequate water
Insufficient moisture making it unable for roots to supply necessary nutrients and hydration.
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Root damage
Infections or physical damage to roots hinder water absorption, leading to wilting.
How to Treat Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
How to Treat Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
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Proper irrigation: Ensure even and adequate watering to maintain soil moisture.

Improve soil drainage: Amend soil with organic material to enhance water penetration and root growth.
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Use of fungicides: Apply fungicides if root rot due to fungal infection is confirmed.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Overview
Overview
Fire ants are a group of ants that are known for their aggressive behavior and painful stings. Some fire ants are native and others are invasive from other countries. Once they reach plants, they climb them and chew away at leaves and flower buds.
Fire ants also kill and eat beneficial insects such as caterpillars, ladybugs, mantis, and native ants. They can be a problem any time temperatures are above freezing, but new infestations are most likely to appear when brought in via contaminated material such as potting soil or mulch, or when insecticides have harmed populations of beneficial insects that would otherwise control populations of fire ants.
They can be difficult to control, especially once populations become large. Plant damage is typically minor, but fire ants can destroy seedlings.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The number one symptom of fire ants is seeing the ants themselves which are red or black in color. Ant mounds in the ground are also signs. Fire ant mounds rarely exceed 46 cm in diameter. If a fire ant mound is disturbed, many fast-moving, aggressive ants will emerge. These ants will bite and then painfully sting.
Even if no ants are visible, their damage might be apparent. Chewed leaf and flower edges might indicate fire ants. Fully eaten seedlings are another sign.
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Solutions
Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy.
Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all.
For less severe cases:
  • Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem).
  • Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes.
For severe cases:
  • Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb.
  • Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants.
  • Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
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Overview
Leaf rot is very common among both house plants and garden plants. It affects foliage and occurs mainly when the leaves become wet due to rain or misting by the gardener. The cause is fungal disease and this is facilitated by the fungal spores adhering to wet leaves then penetrating the leaf and expanding rapidly. Damp conditions and poor air circulation will increase chances of infection taking place. Another factor are leaves that are damaged or have been penetrated by sap sucking insects that facilitate plant penetration.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  1. Spores are able to cling to a damp leaf and penetrate, often through an existing wound.
  2. A small dark brown mark appears which expands rapidly as sporulation starts to take place.
  3. Quite quickly these bull's eye like circles can link together and the whole leaf turns dark and loses texture.
  4. Leaf drop occurs.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
These symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection invading the plant. Bacteria from many sources in the environment (air, water, soil, diseased plants) enter a plant through wounds, or in some cases the stomata when they are open. Once inside the leaf tissue, the bacteria feed and reproduce quickly, breaking down healthy leaves.
Bacterial infections threaten most plant species, and are more prominent in wet weather that more easily transfers the bacteria from plant to plant, or from soil to plant.
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Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has developed tiny yellowish spots scattered across the leaves that look like mold or mildew. If these marks won't wipe off, they are likely caused by sap-sucking insects like aphids, squash bugs, scale bugs, leafhoppers, whiteflies, mites, mealybugs, and more.
Each of these pests uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. Signs of damage are difficult to spot at first, but a large infestation can quickly compromise the whole plant. You're most likely to see sap-sucking insects during the hottest months because plants make easier targets when already weakened from heat or drought.
Though sap-sucking insects are unlikely to kill your plant on their own, they can severely weaken it and make it more susceptible to disease. They may also spread viruses from one plant to another as they feed.
Solutions
Solutions
Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it.
  1. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find.
  2. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray.
  3. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
Prevention
Prevention
Healthy plants are less likely to suffer from sap-sucker attacks. Keep them fortified with fertilizer and the right amounts of water and sunlight. Plants that receive excess nitrogen are also more susceptible to attack, so don’t overfertilize. You should also remove weeds and tall grasses surrounding your outdoor plants so as not to create habitat space for the pests.
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Distribution of Miniature Lupine

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Lighting
Full sun
Miniature Lupine flourishes when exposed to constant, powerful sunlight. Coming from a habitat where sun rays stream down extensively, these are crucial for its robust growth. Insufficient sunlight can potentially hamper its development, while too much exposure hasn't shown adverse effects.
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Transplant
1-2 feet
Transplanting miniature Lupine thrives when settled into the garden in the revitalizing warmth of mid to late spring. Choose a sunny spot with good drainage to best mimic its native habitat. Gentle handling is key due to its delicate roots.
Transplant Techniques
Temperature
0 - 38 ℃
Miniature Lupine is native to environments where the temperature ranges from 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). It prefers these warmer conditions but can adapt if necessary, being a temperate plant. Extra care should be taken in less optimal temperatures.
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Pruning
Spring, Summer, Fall
Noted for its vibrant blue flowers and short stature, miniature Lupine thrives with periodic pruning. To promote bushier growth and prolonged blooms, cut back spent flower stems after the initial spring flush. Prune lightly in summer to shape the plant. Deadheading, the removal of old flowers, encourages a second bloom in fall. Avoid heavy pruning which can stress miniature Lupine. Benefits of pruning include enhanced plant vigor, dense growth, and abundant flowering.
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Propagation
Spring
This native annual flourishes in various conditions, thriving from well-drained soils to rocky substrates. Propagation primarily relies on sowing, with miniature Lupine's seeds benefiting from a pre-sowing treatment. Scarification, the process of nicking or softening the seed coat, enhances germination rates by allowing water and oxygen to penetrate. For optimal results, directly sow seeds into the desired location, ensuring soil contact. Consistent moisture post-sowing is vital until seedlings are well established, after which miniature Lupine showcases resilience, often adapting to natural rainfall patterns.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
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Scale insect
Scale insects, sap-sucking pests, significantly affect Miniature Lupine by weakening the plant, causing yellow leaves and reduced growth. Key management includes pesticide use and biological control agents like ladybugs.
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Spider mite
Spider mite infestation on 'Miniature Lupine' causes yellowing and potential defoliation, weakening the plant. These tiny arachnids thrive in warm, dry conditions, significantly impacting the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Aphid
Aphids, specifically the aphid species, commonly impact the plant 'Miniature Lupine by sucking sap, leading to stunted growth, decreased vigor, and foliage distortion. Proper management is crucial for maintaining plant health.
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Caterpillar
Caterpillar infestation in Miniature Lupine can severely impact plant health, leading to defoliation and stunted growth. Effective management involves both cultural practices and the use of pesticides.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering primarily affects the tips of Miniature Lupine, causing discoloration and necrosis, which can impair photosynthesis and stunt growth. Prompt treatment is crucial to prevent widespread damage to the plant.
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Wounds
Wounds on Miniature Lupine are primarily caused by physical injury, affecting the plant's ability to photosynthesize and increasing vulnerability to pathogens. Symptoms include visible cuts or tears and weakened overall health.
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Weevil
Weevil disease primarily affects Miniature Lupine, causing severe damage like leaf notching, stunted growth, and potentially death. The disease impacts the plant's aesthetics and overall health, making it less vigorous.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily manifests as drooping and discoloration of blooms, leading to premature flower death and overall plant stress, potentially affecting growth and reproduction.
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Flower withering
Flower withering disease causes premature wilting and fading of flowers in Miniature Lupine, impacting overall plant health and reducing blooming. This condition lowers aesthetic and ecological value of plants.
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Leaf beetle
Leaf beetle disease primarily affects 'Miniature Lupine' by causing extensive foliar damage, which can severely impact the plant's photosynthesis and overall health. Effective management through both pesticide and non-pesticide means is crucial for maintaining healthy populations.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Miniature Lupine is a condition where the plant displays widespread chlorosis, diminishing vitality and potentially hindering growth. The disease can affect the entire lifecycle of the plant.
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Thrips
Thrips are tiny insects that cause noticeable damage to Miniature Lupine, affecting its growth and appearance. They feed on the plant by puncturing and sucking out contents from cells, leading to discoloration and deformities.
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Mealybug
Mealybug is a pest that severely impacts Miniature Lupine, causing stunted growth, wilting, and foliage discoloration. Effective management is crucial for maintaining the health of these plants.
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Leafhopper
Leafhopper disease in Miniature Lupine primarily reduces photosynthesis and stresses the plant. This ailment, triggered by insect vectors, can substantially impact health and biomass, critical during flowering.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a vital disease affecting Miniature Lupine, leading to rapid foliage decline and shrinking growth rates. This disease primarily impacts photosynthesis and nutrient absorption, posing a significant threat to plant health.
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Feng shui direction
East
The miniature Lupine carries a delightful resonance with the East, traditionally linked to family and health in Feng Shui. Its captivating hues emerge to harmonize the energy flow of spring and wisdom-infused wood element. However, remember every placement holds its own mystery and potential.
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Key Facts About Miniature Lupine

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Attributes of Miniature Lupine

Lifespan
Annual, Perennial
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Spring, Winter
Plant Height
20 cm to 30 cm
Spread
30 cm to 50 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Flower Size
8 cm
Flower Color
Purple
Blue
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food
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Common Pests & Diseases About Miniature Lupine

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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
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Fire ants
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Solutions: Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy. Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all. For less severe cases: Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem). Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes. For severe cases: Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb. Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants. Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot Leaf rot Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Solutions: Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden. In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label. In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
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Sap-sucking insects
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Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Solutions: Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
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Leaf wilting
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What is Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
What is Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting of leaves in Miniature Lupine typically starts at the younger outer leaves before progressing inward. Affected plants may exhibit droopy, discolored leaves and stunted growth.
What Causes Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
What Causes Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
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Inadequate water
Insufficient moisture making it unable for roots to supply necessary nutrients and hydration.
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Root damage
Infections or physical damage to roots hinder water absorption, leading to wilting.
How to Treat Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
How to Treat Leaf wilting Disease on Miniature Lupine?
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Non pesticide
Proper irrigation: Ensure even and adequate watering to maintain soil moisture.

Improve soil drainage: Amend soil with organic material to enhance water penetration and root growth.
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Use of fungicides: Apply fungicides if root rot due to fungal infection is confirmed.
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Fire ants
Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Overview
Overview
Fire ants are a group of ants that are known for their aggressive behavior and painful stings. Some fire ants are native and others are invasive from other countries. Once they reach plants, they climb them and chew away at leaves and flower buds.
Fire ants also kill and eat beneficial insects such as caterpillars, ladybugs, mantis, and native ants. They can be a problem any time temperatures are above freezing, but new infestations are most likely to appear when brought in via contaminated material such as potting soil or mulch, or when insecticides have harmed populations of beneficial insects that would otherwise control populations of fire ants.
They can be difficult to control, especially once populations become large. Plant damage is typically minor, but fire ants can destroy seedlings.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The number one symptom of fire ants is seeing the ants themselves which are red or black in color. Ant mounds in the ground are also signs. Fire ant mounds rarely exceed 46 cm in diameter. If a fire ant mound is disturbed, many fast-moving, aggressive ants will emerge. These ants will bite and then painfully sting.
Even if no ants are visible, their damage might be apparent. Chewed leaf and flower edges might indicate fire ants. Fully eaten seedlings are another sign.
Solutions
Solutions
Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy.
Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all.
For less severe cases:
  • Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem).
  • Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes.
For severe cases:
  • Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb.
  • Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants.
  • Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
Prevention
Prevention
Fire ants become more difficult to control as they establish themselves, so try to prevent them or treat them early.
  • Monitor new material. Do not bring in any soil or plants from known infested areas, unless if they are "Quarantine Approved." Make sure to check new material for fire ants.
  • Apply insecticide. Some warm and humid areas have high fire ants populations. In these areas, spread a granular fire ants insecticide such as Varsity in the spring near gardens to prevent these unwelcome visitors.
  • Treat early. Spot treat at the first sight of any fire ants mound, as larger mounds are more difficult to treat.
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Overview
Overview
Leaf rot is very common among both house plants and garden plants. It affects foliage and occurs mainly when the leaves become wet due to rain or misting by the gardener. The cause is fungal disease and this is facilitated by the fungal spores adhering to wet leaves then penetrating the leaf and expanding rapidly. Damp conditions and poor air circulation will increase chances of infection taking place. Another factor are leaves that are damaged or have been penetrated by sap sucking insects that facilitate plant penetration.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  1. Spores are able to cling to a damp leaf and penetrate, often through an existing wound.
  2. A small dark brown mark appears which expands rapidly as sporulation starts to take place.
  3. Quite quickly these bull's eye like circles can link together and the whole leaf turns dark and loses texture.
  4. Leaf drop occurs.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
These symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection invading the plant. Bacteria from many sources in the environment (air, water, soil, diseased plants) enter a plant through wounds, or in some cases the stomata when they are open. Once inside the leaf tissue, the bacteria feed and reproduce quickly, breaking down healthy leaves.
Bacterial infections threaten most plant species, and are more prominent in wet weather that more easily transfers the bacteria from plant to plant, or from soil to plant.
Solutions
Solutions
Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden.
In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. Clean up garden debris at the end of the season, especially if it contains any diseased plant tissue. Diseases can overwinter from season to season and infect new plants.
  2. Avoid overhead watering to prevent transferring pathogens from one plant to another, and to keep foliage dry.
  3. Mulch around the base of plants to prevent soil-borne bacteria from splashing up onto uninfected plants.
  4. Sterilize cutting tools using a 10% bleach solution when gardening and moving from one plant to another.
  5. Do not work in your garden when it is wet.
  6. Rotate crops to prevent the buildup of bacteria in one site due to continuous cropping.
  7. Use a copper or streptomycin-containing bactericide in early spring to prevent infection. Read label directions carefully as they are not suitable for all plants.
  8. Ensure plants are well spaced and thin leaves on densely leaved plants so that air circulation is maximised.
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Sap-sucking insects
Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has developed tiny yellowish spots scattered across the leaves that look like mold or mildew. If these marks won't wipe off, they are likely caused by sap-sucking insects like aphids, squash bugs, scale bugs, leafhoppers, whiteflies, mites, mealybugs, and more.
Each of these pests uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. Signs of damage are difficult to spot at first, but a large infestation can quickly compromise the whole plant. You're most likely to see sap-sucking insects during the hottest months because plants make easier targets when already weakened from heat or drought.
Though sap-sucking insects are unlikely to kill your plant on their own, they can severely weaken it and make it more susceptible to disease. They may also spread viruses from one plant to another as they feed.
Solutions
Solutions
Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it.
  1. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find.
  2. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray.
  3. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
Prevention
Prevention
Healthy plants are less likely to suffer from sap-sucker attacks. Keep them fortified with fertilizer and the right amounts of water and sunlight. Plants that receive excess nitrogen are also more susceptible to attack, so don’t overfertilize. You should also remove weeds and tall grasses surrounding your outdoor plants so as not to create habitat space for the pests.
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Distribution of Miniature Lupine

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Habitat of Miniature Lupine

Sandy places below 3000 ft
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Common Pests & Diseases
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily results from inadequate water supply or root system issues, significantly inhibiting growth and vigor. Early intervention can prevent severe damage and plant death.
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Scale insect
Scale insects, sap-sucking pests, significantly affect Miniature Lupine by weakening the plant, causing yellow leaves and reduced growth. Key management includes pesticide use and biological control agents like ladybugs.
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Spider mite
Spider mite infestation on 'Miniature Lupine' causes yellowing and potential defoliation, weakening the plant. These tiny arachnids thrive in warm, dry conditions, significantly impacting the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Aphid
Aphids, specifically the aphid species, commonly impact the plant 'Miniature Lupine by sucking sap, leading to stunted growth, decreased vigor, and foliage distortion. Proper management is crucial for maintaining plant health.
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Caterpillar
Caterpillar infestation in Miniature Lupine can severely impact plant health, leading to defoliation and stunted growth. Effective management involves both cultural practices and the use of pesticides.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering primarily affects the tips of Miniature Lupine, causing discoloration and necrosis, which can impair photosynthesis and stunt growth. Prompt treatment is crucial to prevent widespread damage to the plant.
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Wounds
Wounds on Miniature Lupine are primarily caused by physical injury, affecting the plant's ability to photosynthesize and increasing vulnerability to pathogens. Symptoms include visible cuts or tears and weakened overall health.
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Weevil
Weevil disease primarily affects Miniature Lupine, causing severe damage like leaf notching, stunted growth, and potentially death. The disease impacts the plant's aesthetics and overall health, making it less vigorous.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting in Miniature Lupine primarily manifests as drooping and discoloration of blooms, leading to premature flower death and overall plant stress, potentially affecting growth and reproduction.
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Flower withering
Flower withering disease causes premature wilting and fading of flowers in Miniature Lupine, impacting overall plant health and reducing blooming. This condition lowers aesthetic and ecological value of plants.
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Leaf beetle
Leaf beetle disease primarily affects 'Miniature Lupine' by causing extensive foliar damage, which can severely impact the plant's photosynthesis and overall health. Effective management through both pesticide and non-pesticide means is crucial for maintaining healthy populations.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Miniature Lupine is a condition where the plant displays widespread chlorosis, diminishing vitality and potentially hindering growth. The disease can affect the entire lifecycle of the plant.
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Thrips
Thrips are tiny insects that cause noticeable damage to Miniature Lupine, affecting its growth and appearance. They feed on the plant by puncturing and sucking out contents from cells, leading to discoloration and deformities.
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Mealybug
Mealybug is a pest that severely impacts Miniature Lupine, causing stunted growth, wilting, and foliage discoloration. Effective management is crucial for maintaining the health of these plants.
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Leafhopper
Leafhopper disease in Miniature Lupine primarily reduces photosynthesis and stresses the plant. This ailment, triggered by insect vectors, can substantially impact health and biomass, critical during flowering.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a vital disease affecting Miniature Lupine, leading to rapid foliage decline and shrinking growth rates. This disease primarily impacts photosynthesis and nutrient absorption, posing a significant threat to plant health.
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Above 6 hours sunlight
Partial sun
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
Watch how sunlight gracefully moves through your garden, and choose spots that provide the perfect balance of light and shade for your plants, ensuring their happiness.
Essentials
Miniature Lupine flourishes when exposed to constant, powerful sunlight. Coming from a habitat where sun rays stream down extensively, these are crucial for its robust growth. Insufficient sunlight can potentially hamper its development, while too much exposure hasn't shown adverse effects.
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Artificial lighting
Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Miniature Lupine, a plant that thrives in full sunlight, is commonly grown outdoors with ample sunlight. When cultivated indoors with inadequate light, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Miniature Lupine may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Miniature Lupine enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
Miniature Lupine thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Miniature Lupine is native to environments where the temperature ranges from 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). It prefers these warmer conditions but can adapt if necessary, being a temperate plant. Extra care should be taken in less optimal temperatures.
Regional wintering strategies
Miniature Lupine has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Miniature Lupine
Miniature Lupine is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Miniature Lupine
During summer, Miniature Lupine should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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