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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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Lupinus latifolius.