Lupinus diffusus

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 Lupinus diffusus subsp. var.  Oak Ridge Lupine, Spreading Lupine, Sky-blue Lupine
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Habit: herbaceous
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Height: 30 cm to 50 cm
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: SE United States
Bloom: early spring
Features: flowers
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Fabaceae > Lupinus diffusus var. ,

Lupinus diffusus (Oak Ridge Lupine, Spreading Lupine, or Sky-blue Lupine) is a species of lupine native to the southeastern United States, from North Carolina south to Florida and west to Mississippi. It is restricted to very dry, sandy soils, often in open pine or oak woodland, and is an endangered species.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 30-50 cm tall. The leaves are palmately compound with 3-5 leaflets 6-12 cm long and 3-5 cm broad, gray-green to silvery green, covered with fine white hairs. The flowers are pale blue or violet, produced in a dense spike 15-30 cm long.

It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens for its flowers and silvery leaves, produced in early spring.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Lupinus diffusus, Nutt. Deer Cabbage. St. decumbent and many-branched, 1-2 ft., somewhat woody at the base, densely silky: lvs. large, oval or oblong- ovate, obtuse, mucronate, on long, soft-silky petioles :fls.more or less alternate, on a very long (6-12 in.) spike, light blue, the standard with a greenish yellow center: pods oblong, flattish, N. C. to Fla.—Hardiness N. not determined.

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