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Lupinus succulentus

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 succulentus

California native. This annual grows to 3 ft. high and 2 1/2 ft. wide. It is lush and leafy, with 6-in. spikes of blue flowers in spring. Normally found in damp places but adapts elsewhere; is sometimes used for erosion control. Moderate to ample water.

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