Large Leaved Lupine 2010

Mt. Dana, Yosemite National Park August 2010

  • Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl.
  • Bigleaf lupine, Blue-pod lupine, Meadow lupine, Bog lupine
  • Fabaceae (Pea Family)
  • USDA Symbol: UP
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Blue-pod lupine or meadow lupine is a 3-5 ft., robust perennial with bold, rich-green, palmate leaves and stately spires of large, deep-blue, purple or reddish flowers. 1 or several mostly unbranched, stout, hollow stems with violet or blue-violet pea flowers in long dense racemes.

This somewhat succulent lupine is one of the tallest and lushest western species. It has been crossed with other lupines, particularly Tree Lupine (L. arboreus), for beautiful horticultural hybrids.

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