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Arizona Lupine
Lupinus arizonicus
About Arizona Lupine (Lupinus arizonicus) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus arizonicus (Arizona lupine) is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, where it can be found growing in open places and sandy washes below 1100 meter altitude. It is common around Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park in California. It is an annual plant growing to 10-50 centimeter in height. The leaves are palmately compound with 6-10 leaflets, each leaflet 1-4 centimeter long and 5-10 millimeter broad, on a 2.5-7 centimeter long petiole. The flowers are magenta to dark pink, 7-10 millimeter long, with 20-50 or more flowers in a tall spike.
To learn more, visit the Jepson Herbarium's YouTube channel and watch a short video about this species:
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

0.33 - 1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, Pink

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 34 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy washes, open places

Annual Precipitation: 2.6" - 15.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 2.87", Coldest Month: 45.9" - 63.7", Hottest Month: 69.6" - 89.6", Humidity: 2.01" - 43.66", Elevation: -226" - 4825"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Lupinus arizonicus var. arizonicus

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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