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Plumas Lupine
Lupinus onustus
  
About Plumas Lupine (Lupinus onustus) Nurseries Show All Photos Lupinus onustus is a species of lupine known by the common name Plumas lupine. It is native to the high mountains of northern California, from the northern Sierra Nevada to the Klamath Mountains where its distribution extends just into Oregon. It grows in mountain forest habitat, sometimes on serpentine soils. It is a perennial herb with a short, decumbent stem and erect inflorescence reaching heights between 20 to 30 centimeters. Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 9 leaflets up to 5 centimeters long. The stout inflorescence bears many unwhorled flowers each around a centimeter long. The flower is partly or entirely purple in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Max. Height
7.9 - 11.8 in (20.1 - 30 cm)

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
385' - 6129'

Annual Precip. ?
14.3" - 106.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.80" - 2.96"

Coldest Month ?
33.8° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
54.8° F - 75.3° F

Humidity ?
0.35 vpd - 25.47 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available



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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