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Lupinus nanus Douglas ex Benth.
Ocean-blue Lupine, Sky Lupine
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: LUNA3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A petite, low-growing, annual lupine, 6-20 in. tall, with rich-blue flowers, each with a white or yellowish spot. The leaves are plamtely compound with 5-7 narrow, inch-long leaflets covered with long hairs.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , NV
Native Distribution: Coast Ranges from Mendocino to Los Angeles Cos.; also Kern to Fresno Cos.
Native Habitat: Grassy hills, fields & brushy slopes below 3000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry 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: Plant seeds in late fall or winter in desired location.
Seed Collection: Gather the pods when they turn brown and place them in a paper bag. Seeds will be ejected when the fruits fully ripen.
Seed Treatment: Fresh seeds need no treatment. Store seeds may benefit from being rubbed between sheets of sandpaper then soaked in warm water, cooling in the water overnight.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus nanus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus nanus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus nanus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff