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Lupinus sericeus (Silky lupine)
Reveal, James L.

Lupinus sericeus

Lupinus sericeus Pursh

Silky Lupine

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: luse4

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

The flowers of this lupine are blue or mostly blue, in dense, terminal racemes. Its stems are diffusely branched, vary in height from 1-2 ft., and are clumped together on a coarse, branching root crown. Leaves are palmately compound, and each narrow leaflet is covered with silky hairs.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB
Native Distribution: Sask. & the Black Hills to n. NM, w. to B.C., e. WA & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry to moist valleys & mts. to 7000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.


Use Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds.
Warning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , 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

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-11-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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