Lupinus sparsiflorus Benth.
Mojave Lupine, Sand Lupine
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: LUSP2
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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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: 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 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.
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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
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1985 VOL. 2, NO.1 - A Glorious Spring, Lupines in Landscapes, Director's Report, Notable Quote, Wild...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus sparsiflorus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus sparsiflorus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff