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Lupinus nootkatensis
Nootka Lupine
Zone 3 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Tuft

Also called Alaskan Lupine, this species is native along the west coast of North America. Foliage has leaflets arranged like spokes in a circle, velvety soft on the undersides. Large spikes of pea flowers appear in early summer, deep violet-blue with a white flag. Excellent for cutting and attractive to hummingbirds. This perennial species will self sow if conditions are to its liking. Requires a well-drained soil preferably on the acidic side. In poor dry soils plants will be noticeably shorter. The deep taproot makes transplanting difficult. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

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Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun

Soil Type

Soil pH

Soil Moisture

Care Level

Foot Traffic

Rate of Spread
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer

Foliage Color
  Grey Green

Plant Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Hummingbirds
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size
  Very Large

   40-60 cm
   16-23 inches

   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches

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