Lupinus polyphyllus

Meadow lupine


Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 6' X 4'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Description

Meadow lupine grows in moist places throughout much of the mountainous regions of Northern California. It grows in a large, expanding mound of large solid green leaves to about two feet. The typical lupine flowers - successive whirls on tall spires - range in color from blue to purple and pink. These appear from late spring through the end of summer. Meadow lupine is adaptable to a variety of growing sites, but does require regular water and some shade in hot inland gardens. Combine with other moisture lovers such as California cone flower, Rudbeckia californica, Sierra columbine, Aquilegia pubescens, or Indian rhubarb, Darmera peltata for a wetland garden. Deciduous in late summer and winter, reappearing in early spring.

Characteristics

Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen