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Lupinus palmeri (Bluebonnet lupine)
Anderson, Wynn

Lupinus palmeri

Lupinus palmeri S. Watson

Bluebonnet Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Lupinus argenteus var. palmeri

USDA Symbol: LUPA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Palmer’s lupine is a 1-2 ft., several-stemmed, hairy lupine. Its bright-blue, pea-like flowers have a white center and occur in a terminal spike. Leaves are palmately divided into five leaflets.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: In CA, s. White Mts. to Grapevine Mts., e. to NV, AZ & NM
Native Habitat: Dry, stony ponderosa pine forests from 4000-8000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Gravelly 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 planted immediately or stored and stratified.
Seed Treatment: Stratify stored seed.
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-03-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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