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Lupinus albifrons (Silver Lupine)

Silver Lupine, White-leaf Bush Lupine, Evergreen Lupine


Very showy and fragrant, Lupinus albifrons (Silver Lupine) is a fast-growing, evergreen perennial boasting silky, gray to silvery palmate leaves and narrow, elongated clusters of blue to magenta, pea-shaped flowers. Blooming in spring to early summer, they are borne on the upper 3-12 in. (7-30 cm) of stout, ascending stems, well above the foliage. They are attractive to butterflies and many pollinators. Silver Lupine tends to be short-lived in gardens, about 3-4 years. However, if the conditions are right, full sun and excellent drainage to avoid root rot, Silver Lupine will be long-lived and look breathtaking when planted in mass.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in sandy or rocky, dry, well-drained soils. Will tolerate some water but is best on the dry side. Water maximum twice per month in summer after the plant is established.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also deer resistant.
  • An excellent choice for informal gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by seed. Plant immediately or stratify.
  • Native to California, Oregon, and northern Baja.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lupinus - Lupines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lupinus - Lupines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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