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Beginner Gardening: ID star-shaped leaf with purple flowers on plume: perennial

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supriyakumar
Pittsburgh, PA

May 7, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9114147

Hi,
I have a perennial in the garden of my new home. It has star-shaped leaves--shown next to the california poppy in the photo. Though the photo does not show it, the plant now has a stalk (curved plume) with purple flowers on it.

Any help with an ID would be much appreciated.
Thanks.
Supriya.

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kwanjin

kwanjin

(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9114149

Can you show us the flowers?
AnneCS
Vaughan, ON
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9114567

Is it a lupine perhaps? Like: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/904/

kwanjin

kwanjin

(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #9114896

That was my thought but I need to see flowers to be sure.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9114934

My 1st thought too, looks like Lupine foliage
supriyakumar
Pittsburgh, PA

May 8, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9115712

Thanks! Yes, it's lupin. Here're pictures of the flowers.

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supriyakumar
Pittsburgh, PA

May 8, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #9115718

Are the seeds of this plant edible?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9115729

I wouldn't chance it

http://www.ehow.com/facts_6371175_danger-lupine.html
http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/?section=species&id=99

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