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Gray's Lupine
Lupinus grayi
About Gray's Lupine (Lupinus grayi) Nurseries Show All Photos Lupinus grayi is a species of lupine known by the common name Sierra lupine. It is endemic to California, where its distribution extends the length of the Sierra Nevada and its foothills and includes the Tehachapi Mountains. It is a common plant of the mountain forests, where it sometimes carpets meadows with its woolly green herbage and purple flower spikes. This is a low, prostrate perennial herb forming spreading mats 20 or 30 centimeters high. Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 11 leaflets up to 3.5 centimeters long. The flower cluster bears dense whorls of flowers each just over a centimeter long. Each flower is purple or blue with a yellow or reddish patch on the banner. The fruit is a hairy legume pod up to 3.5 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.1 ft (0.21 - 0.34 m)

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
1567' - 9030'

Annual Precip. ?
11.0" - 85.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.33" - 2.48"

Coldest Month ?
25.5° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
52.0° F - 80.5° F

Humidity ?
0.59 vpd - 28.68 vpd

Landscaping Information
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
Sierra Lupine, Sierran 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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