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Lupinus nootkatensis (Nootka lupine)
Weyand, Phyllis

Lupinus nootkatensis

Lupinus nootkatensis Donn ex Sims

Nootka Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: luno

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

A stocky, robust lupine with stems to 24 in. tall. The palmately compound leaves are short-petioled and densely hairy. The flower clusters are large with showy, blue flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Palmate
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Coastal areas from the Aleutian Is. to the White Pass region in B.C.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes; gravel bars

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Gravelly 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: 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

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
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.

Additional resources

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


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

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