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Lupinus albifrons (Silver lupine)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lupinus albifrons

Lupinus albifrons Benth.

Silver Lupine, White-leaf Bush Lupine, Evergreen Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: LUAL4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall, often much shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: N. & c. CA Coast Ranges & Sierras
Native Habitat: A variety of sandy to rocky places below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: 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 Directory

According 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


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lupinus albifrons in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus albifrons in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus albifrons


Record Modified: 2022-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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