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Lupinus nanus Dougl. ex Benth.
Ocean-blue lupine, Sky lupine
USDA Symbol: LUNA3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A petite, low-growing, annual lupine, 6-20 in. tall, with rich-blue flowers, each with a white or yellowish spot. The leaves are plamtely compound with 5-7 narrow, inch-long leaflets covered with long hairs.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
CA , NV Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Mendocino to Los Angeles Cos.; also Kern to Fresno Cos. Native Habitat:
Grassy hills, fields & brushy slopes below 3000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry soils.
PropagationDescription: Plant seeds in late fall or winter in desired location.
Seed Collection: Gather the pods when they turn brown and place them in a paper bag. Seeds will be ejected when the fruits fully ripen.
Seed Treatment: Fresh seeds need no treatment. Store seeds may benefit from being rubbed between sheets of sandpaper then soaked in warm water, cooling in the water overnight.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff