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PlantFiles: 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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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Fred2009 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 kjsacramento 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 Zanymuse 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.


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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