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Lupinus albifrons

  • Common Name
    Silver Bush Lupine
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' - 5' x 3' - 5'
  • Flower Color
    Purplish-Blue
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Silvery Gray-Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Fragrance
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    The Silver Bush Lupine has showy  3 " long purplish-blue flower spikes and blooms from spring into summer.  It is a dense, compact, mounding shrub with luminous silvery gray foliage. It is also the host for the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly. Use in a butterfly or rock garden, in the back of a perennial garden or on a naturalized slope. 

    Plant slightly above soil grade in full sun with good drainage. Do not add fertilizers or amendments. Plant in late fall to take advantage of winter rains. It likes a lean soil. Will tolerate some summer water but it is best kept on the dry side.

    This is a butterlfy magnet. Bees and beneficials also enjoy this plant. As noted above it is a host plant for the endangered Mission Blue butterfly.

    No significant diseases, however, it is tasty to the snail and slug community.

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  • Varietals
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