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Lupinus versicolor (Bluff lupine)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lupinus versicolor

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 Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy 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: 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

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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