Lupinus pusillus Pursh
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: LUPU
Rusty lupine is less than 1 ft. tall. Its stems branch near soil level and are covered with scurfy, rust-colored hairs. Flowers vary from deep, purplish-blue to white. Palmate foliage is shiny on top; hairy beneath.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: C. WA to AZ, e. to s. Sask., w. ND & n.w. OK
Native Habitat: Sandy prairies; dunes; stream valleys; roadsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy 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.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus pusillus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus pusillus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus pusillus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-03-17
Research By: TWC Staff