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Seashore Lupine
Lupinus littoralis
About Seashore Lupine (Lupinus littoralis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus littoralis is a species of lupine known by the common name seashore lupine. It is native to the coastline of western North America from British Columbia to northern California, where it grows in sandy habitat. It is a low perennial herb or subshrub growing in a clump or mat no more than 30 centimeters tall. Each palmate leaf is divided into 5 to 9 leaflets up to 3.5 centimeters long. The herbage is coated in long, shaggy whitish or silvery hairs. The flower cluster is raceme of whorled flowers each around a centimeter long. The flower is purple in color with a white patch on its banner that fades pinkish. The fruit is a hairy legume pod 3 or 4 centimeters long containing up to 12 seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, White

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 36 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.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 15, 16, 17, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy places

Annual Precipitation: 17.6" - 71.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.23" - 2.06", Coldest Month: 45.1" - 48.7", Hottest Month: 57.3" - 63.6", Humidity: 0.09" - 9.41", Elevation: 3" - 134"

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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