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Lupinus nanus

Sky Lupine

Annuals, 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 nanus

Annual. Native from California to British Columbia. Grows to 8–24 in. high and 9–12 in. wide. Spring flowers are rich blue marked with white. Sow seeds in fall or winter; combine California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) with the lupines for contrast. Self-sows readily where it gets little competition. Excellent for barren banks. No irrigation needed except in desert zones.

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