Lupinus versicolor Lindl.
Bluff lupine, Manycolored lupine, Varicolored lupine
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Lupinus franciscanus, Lupinus littoralis var. variicolor, Lupinus micheneri, Lupinus varicolor, Lupinus variicolor
USDA Symbol: LUVE
Sub-woody and behaving as a creeper, the branches of this lupine are often plastered against coastal bluffs. The gray-green leaves contract well with blue, purple, yellow, white or pink flowers. There are often several colors in one flower. Stems are 8-30 in. long.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: Coastal areas from Humboldt to San Luis Obispo Cos.
Native Habitat: Grassy fields, slopes & sand dunes below 1000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: 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.
PropagationDescription: Sow fresh seed in fall; treated seed in spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Stored seed requires acid or hot water scarification.
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus versicolor in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus versicolor in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus versicolor
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff