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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Lupinus caudatus Kellogg
Synonyms: Lupinus caudatus ssp. caudatus, Lupinus rosei
USDA Symbol: luca
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A silky perennial, the simple or branched stems 8-24 in. tall. The palmately compound leaves are often silvery with their silky hairs. Individual flowers are scattered on the 2-6 in. spikes. Petals are violet-blue to deep blue or almost white. The ensuing pinkish-brown pods are also silky.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WY Native Distribution:
E. CA to e. OR & NV; also reported in MT Native Habitat:
Sagebrush plains & hills; ponderosa pine forests USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Plants in the genus
Lupinus, especially the seeds, can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff