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Lupinus diffusus (Oak ridge lupine)
Cressler, Alan

Lupinus diffusus

Lupinus diffusus Nutt.

Oak Ridge Lupine, Sky-blue Lupine, Spreading Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Lupinus villosus ssp. diffusus, Lupinus villosus var. diffusus

USDA Symbol: ludi2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Lupinus diffusus is a southeastern species with undivided, elliptic leaves and blue flowers with a whitish spot on the standard (upper petal).

Sky-blue Lupine is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae), which includes trees, shrubs, herbs, and vines with compound or occasionally simple leaves and flowers usually in clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , FL , GA , MS , NC , SC

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-03-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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