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Lupinus sparsiflorus (Mojave lupine)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Lupinus sparsiflorus

Lupinus sparsiflorus Benth.

Mojave Lupine, Sand Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: LUSP2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender, erect, branched stems have pale blue or blue-lilac "pea flowers" in open racemes.

In a "good year" with ample fall and winter rains, Mojave Lupine carpets the floor of the southern Arizona desert, competing for attention with Globemallows (Sphaeralcea spp.) and Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata), providing mile after mile of blue-violet, brick red, and brilliant yellow. Found only in the Big Bend region of Texas is the similar Chisos Bluebonnet (L. havardii), with dark blue-violet petals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southern California and northern Baja California, southern Nevada and southwestern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open fields, slopes, and deserts.

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.

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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


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

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From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1985 VOL. 2, NO.1 - A Glorious Spring, Lupines in Landscapes, Director's Report, Notable Quote, Wild...

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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