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Lupinus villosus

Phonetic Spelling
loo-PIE-nus vil-OH-sus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Lady Lupine is found only in extremely well-drained sandy habitats, most commonly in open sandhills in SE USA. It is difficult to grow commercially due to its deep taproot and its dislike of being moved. The native southern lupines are becoming endangered in some areas.

This lupine has pea-like flowers and blooms profusely the third year of life with spikes of lovely blooms. They rarely live a forth year. In NC they are found only in the southern coastal areas. It is best to admire this plant in its native habitat and help preserve that habitat.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lupinus
    Species:
    villosus
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE North America
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is an elongated, flattened pod. Displays from June to August.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    The pea-like blooms are lavender-blue with a reddish-purple spot on the upper petal. The 2 lower petals are fused. They are borne on 4-7 inch spikes in terminal clusters. Blooms from April to May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-6 in. hairy elliptical leaves that are held upward.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Respiratory depression and slow heartbeat, sleepiness, convulsions if large amounts are eaten.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids such as lupinine, anagyrine, sparteine, and hydroxylupanine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds