Lupinus paynei

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Lupinus paynei
Lupinus paynei

Species Name: Lupinus paynei
Common Name: Theodore Payne's Bush Lupine

This bush lupine was recently rediscovered and named after it's original discover, Theodore Payne. Caution: seeds, leaves and stems are toxic.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-6' H x 4-8' W
Growth Habit: Upright and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
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: pale blue to purple
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: "Forms a large round topped shrub 4 to 8 feet high with trunk-like base 3 to 4 inches or more in diameter. Beautiful silvery foliage and flowers in racemes 8 to 15 inches long. They remind one of Wistaria blossoms and appear in many beautiful shades, some are pale blue, others lavender, pale lilac, dark blue, purple, rose pink, flesh pink or white; all with a beautiful yellow blotch on the standard. The blossoms are delicately fragrant. The plants bloom in spring and the whole bush blossoms simultaneously. Gallon cans, 50c."
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