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Lupinus perennis

Family: Leguminosae

Common names: LUPIN, LUPINE, SUNDIAL LUPINE, WILD LUPINE

Native to: Eastern United States

Sentiment: imagination

Plant

Type: perennial

Form: erect

Max height: 2.3 feet

Max width: 2.3 feet

Flower

pink, secondary color present, violet, white/off white

Leaf

green

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 spring

Soil types: well drained, wide range

USDA Zones: zone 4 -30 f, zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -30 to +30 °F

Water: regular

  • Lupinus perennis
  • Lupinus perennis 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.