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Mojave Lupine, Desert Lupine

Lupinus sparsiflorus

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Annual
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6"-1' × 6"-1'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color Purple and white
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Hand shaped with 7-11 "fingers"
Fruit Hairy pods
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Description This variable lupine is found across much of southern, western, and central Arizona, but is absent from the northeastern part of the state. Plants grow best in well draining soils, and don't necessarily reseed as reliably as other annuals like poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and chia (Salvia columbiare). However, if this plant establishes in your yard then it will put on a fantastic show with flower stalks covered in purple/white blooms.