Stretching upwards to the light

Radiant colours ever bright

Their poker flowers of tapered shape

Our attention can’t escape


Lupinus is its proper name

This legume should enjoy much fame

Not only employed for decoration

Useful food for many a nation


Its seeds are sometimes used in cooking

If protein and fibre we are seeking

Low in starch and gluten free

Promoting health you must agree


Lupins used in agriculture

And even more in horticulture

Cattle by this plant are fed

Its blossoms brighten garden beds


So don’t o’erlook the humble flower

Whose colours beautify the hour

Give it a place in your display

It’s sure to illume every day


Ken Fisher

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