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Pacific Lupine
Lupinus lepidus
About Pacific Lupine (Lupinus lepidus) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus lepidus, the Pacific lupine, prairie lupine or dwarf lupine is a perennial herbaceous plant in the pea family (Fabaceae) endemic to western North America. Lupinus lepidus is a small hairy perennial that reaches 4 to 24 inches (10 to 61 cm). Leaves extend up the stem, but most are basal. Leaves are palmately compound with 5-8 green-gray leaflets less than 1 1-2 inches (3. 8 cm). The inflorescense is a dense spikelike raceme, with pink, purple, and blue flowers having a yellowish spot. The plant blooms from mid-April through August. The fruit is a pod up to 3-4 inch (1. 9 cm).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

0.33 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, Pink, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 44 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Annual Precipitation: 8.3" - 124.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.33" - 3.88", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 50.1", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 77.1", Humidity: 0.37" - 24.68", Elevation: 341" - 14134"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Tidy-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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