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Lupinus argenteus

Silverstem Lupine

Perennials, Shrubs, Flowers

LUPINUS

Leaves are divided into many leaflets that spread out like the fingers of a hand. Sweet pea–like flowers are borne in dense spikes at stem ends. There are hundreds of species, many of them native to the western U.S. and found in a wide range of habitats. The most commonly grown lupines are the Russell hybrids. Most lupines are not fussy about soil, though hybrids prefer rich, slightly acidic soil. All need good drainage.

Lupinus argenteus

Perennial. Native to the Southwest, Sierra Nevada, and the Rocky Mountains. Grows to 2 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, with silvery-haired stems and (usually) smooth leaves. Flowers are variable in color—usually blue, sometimes lilac or white. Moderate to regular water.

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