Lupinus caudatus Kellogg
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: luca
A silky perennial, the simple or branched stems 8-24 in. tall. The palmately compound leaves are often silvery with their silky hairs. Individual flowers are scattered on the 2-6 in. spikes. Petals are violet-blue to deep blue or almost white. The ensuing pinkish-brown pods are also silky.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WY
Native Distribution: E. CA to e. OR & NV; also reported in MT
Native Habitat: Sagebrush plains & hills; ponderosa pine forests
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitWarning: Plants in the genus Lupinus, especially the seeds, can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
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: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus caudatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus caudatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus caudatus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff