Lupinus albifrons Benth.
Silver Lupine, White-leaf Bush Lupine, Evergreen Lupine
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: LUAL4
White-leaf bush lupine is a fragrant, usually 3-5 ft. perennial with silky-silver, palmate foliage covering its shrub-like form. Three inch spikes of blue to magenta, pea-like flowers adorn the blooming plant.
From the Image Gallery
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall, often much shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: N. & c. CA Coast Ranges & Sierras
Native Habitat: A variety of sandy to rocky places below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
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: Best method of propagation is by seed. Plant immediately or stratify.
Seed Treatment: Stored seed must be stratified.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus albifrons in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus albifrons in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus albifrons
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff