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Velvet Lupine
Lupinus leucophyllus
About Velvet Lupine (Lupinus leucophyllus) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus leucophyllus is a species of lupine known by the common name velvet lupine. It is native to western North America, where it grows in many types of mountain, prairie, and plateau habitat. It is a robust, branching, erect perennial herb growing up to 90 centimeters tall. Each palmate leaf is divided into 7 to 11 leaflets up to 7 centimeters long. The herbage is coated in white woolly fibers and stiff hairs. The flower cluster is dense raceme of many flowers, each around a centimeter long. The flower is purple in color, fading brown, the patch on the banner petal yellow or brownish. The pointed sepals and the back of the banner are hairy to woolly in texture. This is one of several poisonous lupines that are dangerous to grazing livestock. The plant contains toxic alkaloids including lupinine and the teratogenic anagyrine.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

1.3 - 3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, Yellow, White, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 36 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


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
Grassy slopes, sagebrush flats

Annual Precipitation: 12.0" - 68.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.98" - 2.45", Coldest Month: 23.0" - 43.2", Hottest Month: 44.4" - 68.7", Humidity: 0.42" - 20.77", Elevation: 1544" - 11039"

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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