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Elegant Lupine
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Lupinus concinnus

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About Elegant Lupine (Lupinus concinnus) Lupinus concinnus is a species of lupine known by the common name Bajada lupine. It is native to the southwestern United States from California to Texas, and northern Mexico, where it is known from many types of habitat. This is a hairy erect or decumbent annual herb with a stem growing 10 to 30 centimeters long. Each small palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 9 leaflets up to 3 centimeters long and under a centimeter wide, sometimes narrow and linear in shape. The flower cluster is a dense spiral of flowers, with some flowers also appearing in leaf axils lower on the plant. Each flower is 5 to 12 millimeters long and purple, pink, or nearly white in color. The fruit is a hairy legume pod around a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1 ft (0.1 - 0.3 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open or disturbed places


Elevation ?
4' - 11501'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 59.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.08"

Coldest Month ?
28.0° F - 59.7° F

Hottest Month ?
49.8° F - 88.1° F

Humidity ?
0.66 vpd - 40.77 vpd

Soil Description
Typically found in open, sandy or gravelly areas


Sunset Zones ?
7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds need no treatment. Stored seeds scarification or hot water.

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Bajada Lupine

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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