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Lupinus arcticus (Arctic lupine)
Le Duc, F. Alice

Lupinus arcticus

Lupinus arcticus S. Watson

Arctic Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: luar2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A tufted perennial with erect stems to 18 in. tall. Numerous palmately compound, long-petioled leaves are bright green and smooth above, pubescent below. Dark blue, showy flowers occur in tall racemes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: AK & Yukon, s. to WA mts.
Native Habitat: Well-drained slopes; subalpine ridges & slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.


Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Seeds. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include respiratory depression and slow heartbeat, sleepiness, convulsions. Toxic Principle: Alkaloids such as lupinine, anagyrine, sparteine, and hydroxylupanine. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds

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: Propagate by seed or division. Fresh-sown seed need not be treated.
Seed Treatment: Stored seed will need an acid or hot water treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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