Lupinus perennis
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Lupinus perennis

wild lupine
Texas blue bonnet

  family leguminosae 
  genus lupinus 

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Genus  Lupinus Species  perennis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wild lupine   Texas blue bonnet Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S11693 Data source  HtZn p138;Frgnt p296
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  4" - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry to moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Lupinus perennis have a mild honey scented perfume. Texas blue bonnet (also known as wild lupine) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is ideal for this species. It likes dry to moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  honey scented Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Honey Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Lupinus perennis is a wildflower and is considered to have originated from Texas.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Lupinus perennis has narrow leaves arranged in a star-like pattern. Flowers: Texas blue bonnet (locally known in some parts as wild lupine) has spires of flower blooms rising above the foliage. Flowers occur in a range of colors including blue, white and pink.

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