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Lupinus latifolius - Broadleaf Lupine

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Lupinus latifolius (Broadleaf) - This very showy woody-based perennial that grows to 3 to 5 feet tall is native from central California south into Mexico. In late winter the gray-green palmately-divided leaves emerge and the plant rapidly grows to a dense rounded plant. In late spring emerge the 2-3 foot long spikes of fragrant pinkish blue flowers that continue well into summer. Plant in full sun with good drainage and irrigate occasionally in coastal gardens and a bit more inland it is one of the lupines that is noted as moisture loving. Hardy to below 0 F. Cut back to the base in late fall to winter. This plant is stunning when in bloom and is very attractive to butterflies. Its flowers are useful in flower arrangements but if left on can produce copious amounts of seed which often germinate well in the garden. We received this plant as Lupinus albifrons but have since identified as Lupinus latifolius var. parishii thanks to the plant sleuthing of Carol Bornstein at the Santa Barbra Botanic Garden.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Lupinus latifolius.
 
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