Lupine - Wild (Lupinus perennis)
Wild Lupine blooms profusely in spikes with pea-like blue & purple flowers. Palm-shaped leaves surround the plant as an added attraction, making it a popular choice for gardens or restorations with dry, sandy soils. Lupine requires well-drained soils but will adapt to most dry soil types; sand. loam, and gravel. You can find lupine in oak savannas, sand prairies, and pine barrens plant communities. Lupine foliage can look a little worn by the end of summer, so plan for late summer and fall bloomers nearby in the garden.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 2 feet
Bloom Time - May, June, July
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.