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Lupine
Lupinus albifrons

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lupinus (loo-PIE-nus) (Info)
Species: albifrons (AL-by-frons) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Fort Payne, Alabama

Diamond Ridge, Alaska

Arden-arcade, California

Carlotta, California

Chico, California

Crescent City, California

Los Angeles, California

North Fork, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

West Sacramento, California

Kalama, Washington

Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 17, 2011, Fred2009 from Woodland, CA wrote:

I planted two of these in my back yard last winter in Sacramento. They both bloomed well and did fine during summer. Then, one stayed alive through this winter and is going to bloom soon. The other died. They are close together and received same water on a drip system.

Wondering why one died.

Positive

On Apr 25, 2004, kjsacramento from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Beautiful blooming along Sacramento, Ca roadways next to Clarkia in April. Adjacent homeowners love it (say it's not invasive at all).

Neutral

On Apr 22, 2003, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

A native to this area this plant does well in sandy and rocky soil and puts on a spectacular show along the highways and byways usually accompanied by California poppies for an amazing contrast of colors.