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Lupinus littoralis (Seashore lupine)

photo of seashore lupine flower
Copyright © 2006 Mary Jo Adams

 

The common name of this plant delineates its habitat, the seashore.  This species is generally sprawling in form and has pale blue to lilac flowers that bloom from May until August.  The leaves are palmately compound.  Translated, this means that its 5-9 leaflets radiate from a common point like the thumb and fingers of a hand.  Seed pods grow on upright spikes and the pods reach a length of 1-1/4 inch.  Seashore lupine belongs to the pea or legume family and its range extends from northern California to British Columbia.  It is native in the Pacific Northwest.

 

This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 9/14/06.

 

 

photo of lupine leaf

photo of seashore lupine pods