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Lupinus chamissonis

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: LUPIN, LUPINE

Native to: Western United States

Sentiment: imagination

Plant

Type: perennial

Form: erect

Max height: 3 feet

Max width: 3 feet

Flower

blue/green, magenta/purple, secondary color present

Leaf

light

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, hummingbird, specific butterfly species

Plant part consumed by birds: nectar, seeds

Exposure: part shade, sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in fall

flowers in summer

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +20 to +40 °F

Water: moderate, regular

  • Lupinus chamissonis
  • Lupinus chamissonis 2

Of the 724 Lupinus species, seven perennials are cultivated that grow in Zones 3-10. They are members of the Leguminosae family. LUPINE range in height from 1½ to 5 feet tall, prefers regular water, grows from seed, and will thrive in either sun or part shade. Lupinus microcarpus is drought tolerant. Most also attract hummingbirds to feed on nectar and seeds.

LUPINES attract Battus philenor, PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL and
Erynnis icelus, DREAMY DUSKYWING.