Brewer's Lupine 2007

Sonora Pass, California, August 2007

  • Lupinus breweri Gray
  • Brewer's lupine, Matted lupine
  • Fabaceae (Pea Family)
  • USDA Symbol: LUBR3
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

A low-growing, mat-forming perennial with long, silky hairs on the crowded, palmate leaves and dense clusters of blue-purple flowers with yellow and white centers.

Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plants root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plants survival.

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