Lupinus perennis

Common name: Wild Lupine

Native plant

Wild Lupines are a beautiful early flowering plant for part shade areas.  Their deep violet blooms start in late spring to early summer and can last a month or more if the weather stays fairly cool.  When planted in groups or allowed to spread, the flower display is even more dramatic and long lasting. They are rhizomatous and can form colonies if given the space. Lupines are nitrogen fixers and are a great choice for areas with poor or degraded soils.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 1
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Ground cover, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange Purple


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot Nitrogen fixer

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