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Rusty Lupine
Lupinus pusillus
About Rusty Lupine (Lupinus pusillus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lupinus pusillus (rusty lupine or dwarf lupine) is an annual plant in the legume family (fabaceae) found in the Colorado Plateau and Canyonlands region of the southwestern United States. :159Growth pattern. It is an annual plant growing up to 9 inches (23 cm) tall. "Pusillus is for the small size of the plant. :159Leaves and stems. Leaves are compound palmate with 3-9 1-2 to 1 1-2 inches (1. 3 to 3. 8 cm) long inversely lance- shaped leaflets. :159Plant stems and leaf stems (petioles) have long spreading hairs. :159Inflorescence and fruit. It blooms from April to June. :159Flowers are in stalks of 4-38 and bluish to purple or bicolored, with a yellow spot on the upper petal. :159Seedpods are nearly oval and have constrictions separating the seeds. :159Habitat and range. It can be found in desert shrubl and pinyon juniper woodland communities, from as far north as Washington, to California, and throughout the southwest. :159When growing in reddish sand, the blue flowers make a striking contrast with the sun at a low angle. :159Ecological and human interactions. It is pollinated by bees. :159
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Purple, Yellow, Red, Blue

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 22 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.1" - 12.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.52" - 1.48", Coldest Month: 30.7" - 45.4", Hottest Month: 61.6" - 74.2", Humidity: 1.30" - 27.70", Elevation: 3850" - 6825"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Dwarf 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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