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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Lupinus succulentus Dougl. ex K. Koch
Hollowleaf annual lupine, Hollow-leaf annual lupine, Arroyo lupine, Succulent lupine
USDA Symbol: LUSU3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The upper portion of the fleshy, 1-3 ft. stem is covered with whorls of small, purplish-blue to rusty-red, sweetly fragrant flowers. Each flower’s uppermost petal has a yellow center. Seven to nine, smooth, dark-green leaflets make up the palmate foliage.
This lupine is very easily grown and quite adaptable. After it is established, too much water can cause mildew diseases of the leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges, inland to Butte & Shasta Cos. & w. side of San Joaquin Valley Native Habitat:
Grassy flats & slopes below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soil.
PropagationDescription: Broadcast seeds in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is enhanced by scarification or nicking of the seed coat. Allow the seeds to soak overnight in warm water before planting.
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: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff