Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
Bean Family (Fabaceae). This herbaceous perennial has erect stems that are 2-6 dm, that are thinly pubescent. The petioles are 2-6 cm. The leaves are palmately compound. The leaflets are 7- 11, oblanceolate, and are from 2-6 cm. The flowers occur in terminal racemes, arising above the leaves. They are numerous, ranging from blue to pink or white.
It is the only food for the larvae of the Karner Blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis).
Shade Tolerance: Full to Partial sun
Soils: Sand, Loam
Height: 2' tall
Bloom Time: May-July
Deer Resistant: Yes
Uses: Drought resistant, Wildlife, butterflies