Lupinus arcticus S. Watson
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: luar2
A tufted perennial with erect stems to 24 in. tall. Numerous palmately compound, long-petioled leaves are bright green and smooth above, pubescent below. Dark blue, showy flowers occur in tall racemes.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
DistributionUSA: AK , OR , WA
Native Distribution: AK & Yukon, s. to WA mts.
Native Habitat: Well-drained slopes; subalpine ridges & slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Seeds. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include respiratory depression and slow heartbeat, sleepiness, convulsions. Toxic Principle: Alkaloids such as lupinine, anagyrine, sparteine, and hydroxylupanine. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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
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National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus arcticus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus arcticus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus arcticus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff