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South Fork Mountain Lupine
Lupinus elmeri
  
About South Fork Mountain Lupine (Lupinus elmeri) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus elmeri is an uncommon species of lupine known by the common names Elmer's lupine and South Fork Mountain lupine. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from a few scattered occurrences in the northernmost slopes of the North Coast Ranges. This is an erect perennial herb with a thick reddish stem and green, hairy herbage. It reaches a maximum height near 90 centimetres (35 in). Each palmate leaf is made up of 6 to 10 leaflets up to 6 centimetres (2. 4 in) long. The inflorescence bears pale yellow flowers each roughly a centimeter long which are not arranged in whorls as they are in many other lupines. The fruit is a hairy legume pod up to 5 centimetres (2. 0 in) long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Size
Size
1.5 - 3 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Cream, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 42.6" - 116.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.03" - 3.27", Coldest Month: 38.0" - 40.3", Hottest Month: 57.6" - 66.8", Humidity: 1.16" - 18.75", Elevation: 2691" - 5887"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Elmer's 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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