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Sickle Keeled Lupine
Lupinus albicaulis
  
About Sickle Keeled Lupine (Lupinus albicaulis) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus albicaulis is a species of lupine known by the common name sickle-keel lupine. It is native to the western United States from Washington to California, where it grows mostly in mountain habitat. It is a hairy, erect perennial herb often exceeding a meter in height. Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 10 leaflets each up to 7 centimeters long. The flower cluster is up to 44 centimeters long, bearing whorls of flowers each 1 to 1.6 centimeters long. The flower is purple to yellowish or whitish in color and has a sickle-shaped keel. The fruit is a silky-hairy legume pod up to 5 centimeters long containing several seeds. In Oregon, where the plant is native, it has been cultivated for several uses, including reforestation and revegetation of roadsides and other disturbed habitat.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Size
Size
3 - 4 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 


 

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes, open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 10.4" - 152.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 5.84", Coldest Month: 25.1" - 50.8", Hottest Month: 46.6" - 76.8", Humidity: 0.10" - 27.33", Elevation: 165" - 9656"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sickle-keel Lupine, Sickle-keeled Lupine, Sicklekeel Lupine, White-stemmed 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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