Lupinus latifolius (Broadleaf Lupine)

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Plant Description: broadleaf lupine is an attractive evergreen with interesting foliage and lovely flowering stalks. Its several hollow stems raise upright from a woody crown and support numerous leafstalks. The leaves are palmately compound and alternately arranged along the stems. 7-9 elliptic leaflets (2.5 inches long) form each leaf, they are light to medium green, smooth above and hairy below. Bluish-lavender, to sometimes pinkish pea-like flowers grow in tiered whorls around a raceme, which can measure up to 8 inches long. The flowers bloom from early to late summer and are followed by silky legume pods, 1.5 inches long.

  • Height: 2-4 ft
  • Width: 2-5 ft
  • Watering needs: Low to moderate
  • Sun needs: Partial shade
  • Soil needs: Well draining, moist soil
  • Bloom Time: May
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: this species is extremely variable and widespread in moist climates of Western North America. It can be found from sea-level to 8,200 feet of elevation, yet it is more common in open wooded slopes, high elevation meadows, and subalpine forests. Its native habitat ranges from British Columbia to southern California and east to Utah and New Mexico. 

Broadleaf lupine can form large communities in subalpine meadows, providing not only a fantastic sight to hikers and passersby, but also food for local wild fauna. It attracts butterflies and birds and is a great addition for a sunny perennial border, along tall grasses and other flowering plants.

*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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