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Dune Bush Lupine
Lupinus chamissonis
  
About Dune Bush Lupine (Lupinus chamissonis) 15 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus chamissonis is a species in the Fabaceae (Legume) famly known by a number of common names. It is endemic to California, where it is known from most of the length of the coastline and scattered inland locations. It grows in sand dunes and other immediate coastal habitat. This is a spreading, bushy shrub growing one half to two meters tall. Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 9 leaflets up to 2.5 centimeters long. The herbage is coated in silvery hairs. The flower cluster bears whorls of flowers each about one to 1.5 centimeters long. Each flower is light purple to blue with a yellow spot on its banner. The fruit is a hairy legume pod 2.5 to 3.5 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
4.9 - 7 ft tall
3 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Numerous pollinating insects are attracted to the flowers, especially native bees

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 confirmed , 41 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers beach sand. Tolerates Saline Soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds need no treatment. Stored seeds scarification or hot water.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sand dunes, coastal strand, and other sandy mild-climate areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.5" - 74.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 2.73", Coldest Month: 41.3" - 59.4", Hottest Month: 57.9" - 88.1", Humidity: 0.45" - 39.05", Elevation: -18" - 4024"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Chamisso Bush Lupine, Dune Lupine


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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