Lupinus sericeus Pursh
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: luse4
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds.
Warning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lupinus sericeus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lupinus sericeus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lupinus sericeus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-11-30
Research By: TWC Staff