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Lupinus breweri (Brewer's lupine)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Lupinus breweri

Lupinus breweri A. Gray

Brewer's Lupine, Matted Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: LUBR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low-growing, mat-forming perennial with long, silky hairs on the crowded, palmate leaves and dense clusters of blue-purple flowers with yellow and white centers.

Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plant's root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plant's survival.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Mid- to alpine elevations of CA, s. OR & n.w. NV
Native Habitat: Dry, stony slopes & benches

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or stony 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: Propagate by seed sown immediately or stored and stratified.
Seed Collection: Not Available
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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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