Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Lupinus formosus var. formosus

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Species Name: Lupinus formosus var. formosus
Common Name: Summer Lupine

A beautiful perennial for dry sunny spots, the silvery grey leaves stand out against darker greens of Ceanothus and Coffeeberry. This lupine tolerates heavier soils as long as water is kept to a minimum.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-3' H x 2-4' W
Growth Habit: Upright or low and creeping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 9000'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Distribution: Throughout CA Floristic Province
Natural Habitat: Dry clay soils, grasslands, open areas under pines, generally in valleys

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of spreading habit 1 to 2 feet high forming clumps over several feet across. Flowers in long racemes, color varying from bright blue to lilac or purple. Grows best in sandy soil. Gallon cans, 50c."
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