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Lupinus hirsutissimus - Stinging Lupine

Lupinus hirsutissimus is often found along trails and roads. I ask for the Stinging Lupine in wildflower seed mixes because it is so successful in disturbed locations and because it give such rapid coverage and because it readily comes up the following seasons. The long stinging hairs look dramatic when backlit. Lupinus hirsutissimus grows to 3 feet tall blooming from mid-winter through Spring. The yellow banners of the pink flowers change color from yellow to pink as they get pollinated. A signpost to keep the bees informed. Lupinus hirsutissimus is a nectar source for the Orange Sulphur Butterfly.

Lupinus hirsutissimus, Stinging Lupine

Yellow and pink flowers of Lupinus hirsutissimus - Stinging Lupine, Arroyo Lupine. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plant pages from the genus Lupinus featured on this site:
Lupinus albifrons * Silver Lupine
Lupinus arizonicus * Arizone Lupine
Lupinus bicolor * Miniature Lupine
Lupinus chamissonis * Dune Bush Lupine
Lupinus exubitus * Grape Soda Lupine
Lupinus grayi * Sierra Lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus * Stinging Lupine
Lupinus microcarpus densiflorus * Chick Lupine
Lupinus stiversii * Harlequin Lupine
Lupinus succulentus * Succulent Lupine, Arroyo Lupine
Lupinus truncatus * Collared Annual Lupine