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Lupinus sericeus (Silky lupine)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lupinus sericeus

Lupinus sericeus Pursh

Silky lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: LUSE4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The flowers of this lupine are blue or mostly blue, in dense, terminal racemes. Its stems are diffusely branched, vary in height from 1-2 ft., and are clumped together on a coarse, branching root crown. Leaves are palmately compound, and each narrow leaflet is covered with silky hairs.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB
Native Distribution: Sask. & the Black Hills to n. NM, w. to B.C., e. WA & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry to moist valleys & mts. to 7000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds.
Warning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds

Propagation

Description: Propagate by seed or division. Fresh-sown seed need not be treated.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Stored seed will need an acid or hot water treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lupinus sericeus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus sericeus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus sericeus

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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