Lupinus longifolius

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Lupinus longifolius
Lupinus longifolius
Lupinus longifolius

Species Name: Lupinus longifolius
Common Name: Violet Bush Lupine

Frequently spotted in the Santa Monica Mountains. Gorgeous in bloom. Likes well-drained spots with occasional water. Combine with poppies and deerweed. Caution: seeds, leaves and stems are toxic.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer decidous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: Part sun"
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 28 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Violet/Blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southwest
Natural Habitat: Scrub, canyons below 1700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Very desirable for its long period of bloom, which continues from early fall to late spring. Of rather spreading habit 3 to 5 feet high with light green foliage; flowers light blue or lavender. Very valuable for covering dry slopes. Gallon cans, 50c."
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