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May 2016 Plant of the Month - Arroyo Lupine

Arroyo Lupine

The May 2016 Plant of the Month is Lupinus succulents, more commonly known as Arroyo Lupine.  The Arroyo Lupine is a California native that can grow to as much as 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide and has silver foliage with intense blue purple flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer.  This lupine needs full sun and good drainage to thrive and, once established, needs little to no water.  Vulnerable to snails and slugs, it is deer resistant and is a favorite of native pollinators.  It is often seen growing alongside other California native wildflowers such as California poppy.

Lupine is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. The genus includes over 200 species, with centers of diversity in North and South America.

You can find this beautiful, easy to grow plant outside of 575 N. McDonnell Road, the Airfield Operations Building and the Engineering Building.