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Cobb Mtn. Lupine
Lupinus sericatus
About Cobb Mtn. Lupine (Lupinus sericatus) Nurseries Show All Photos Lupinus sericatus is a species of lupine known by the common name Cobb Mountain lupine. It is endemic to the North Coast Ranges of California north of the San Francisco Bay Area, where it grows in the forest, woodlands, and chaparral of the slopes and canyons. It easily colonizes disturbed habitat as well. This is a perennial herb growing up to half a meter tall. Each palmate leaf is made up of 4 to 7 distinctive wide spoon-shaped leaflets each 3 to 5 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a raceme of several whorls of purple flowers, each flower between 1 and 2 centimeters long. The fruit is a hairy legume pod 2 or 3 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Max. Height
0.49 - 1.6 ft (0.15 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Open wooded slopes


Elevation ?
650' - 4822'

Annual Precip. ?
40.2" - 62.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.39" - 1.14"

Coldest Month ?
43.4° F - 49.0° F

Hottest Month ?
59.4° F - 72.9° F

Humidity ?
2.03 vpd - 21.05 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds need no treatment. Stored seeds scarification or hot water.

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Cobb Mountain 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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