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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lupinus sparsiflorus Benth.
Mojave lupine, Sand lupine
USDA Symbol: lusp2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Slender, erect, branched stems have pale blue or blue-lilac pea flowers in open racemes.
In a good year with ample fall and winter rains, Mojave Lupine carpets the floor of the southern Arizona desert, competing for attention with Globemallows (Sphaeralcea spp.) and Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata), providing mile after mile of blue-violet, brick red, and brilliant yellow. Found only in the Big Bend region of Texas is the similar Chisos Bluebonnet (L. havardii), with dark blue-violet petals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT Native Distribution:
Southern California and northern Baja California, southern Nevada and southwestern New Mexico. Native Habitat:
Open fields, slopes, and deserts. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff