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Inyo Meadow Lupine
Lupinus pratensis
About Inyo Meadow Lupine (Lupinus pratensis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus pratensis is a species of lupine known by the common name Inyo meadow lupine. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the central Sierra Nevada and adjacent plateau and valleys to the east. It grows in relatively moist habitat, such as streambanks and spring meadows. This is an erect perennial herb growing 30-70 centimetres (12-28 in) tall. Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 10 narrow leaflets sometimes exceeding 10 centimetres (3. 9 in) long. The leaves are borne on long petioles which can reach 25 centimetres (9. 8 in) in length. The herbage is green and coated in thin hairs. The inflorescence is a dense raceme of many flowers each around a centimeter long. The flower is dark blue or purple with a reddish or orange patch on its banner. The fruit is a hairy legume pod around 2 centimetres (0. 79 in) long. There are two varieties of this species; the rarer, variety, eriostachyus, is known only from the drainage of Big Pine Creek in Inyo County.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

1 - 2.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 35 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.5" - 48.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.44" - 2.30", Coldest Month: 22.4" - 42.0", Hottest Month: 43.3" - 74.0", Humidity: 1.29" - 27.24", Elevation: 4175" - 11438"

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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