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PlantFiles: Desert Lupine, Arid Lupin, Prairie Lupine
Lupinus aridus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lupinus (loo-PIE-nus) (Info)
Species: aridus (AR-id-us) (Info)

Synonym:Lupinus lepidus var. aridus

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive idahocactus2 On Oct 8, 2012, idahocactus2 from Boise, ID wrote:

This particular plant grows as a native in the beautiful rhyolite lava canyon areas of southwest Idaho. It blooms usually in late spring, and is accompanied by desert paintbrush, pediocactus, various prickly pear cactus, desert dandelion, balsam root, various penstemons, and other desert blooming plants. When the rains are good, the canyon rims and slopes are covered with carpets of this and the other flowers. One of the best scenes you will find in our northern Great Basin Desert, and particularly the Owyhee Desert. I am not sure if this has ever been grown in cultivation, but would be worth it just for the beautiful blooms.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boise, Idaho
Meridian, Idaho

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