Coulter's Lupine

Common Names:
Coulter's Lupine
Scientific name:
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Subspecies | Variants:
Lupinus sparsiflorus ssp. inopinatus, Lupinus sparsiflorus ssp. mohavensis
Elevation range:
< 5,775 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April
Height | Length:
8 - 16 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Pollinator or food source for:
Notes:
TOXIC, Attracts native bees, Attracts butterflies
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Coulters Lupine in the desert

Lupinus sparsiflorus, a member of the Fabaceae (Pea) family has dark purple flowers, with a faint yellow spot on the banner petal. Joshua Tree National Park | March 2016   

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Coulters Lupine in the desert

Lupinus sparsiflorus has narrow, palmate gray-green leaves. Joshua Tree National Park | March 2016  

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Coulters Lupine in the desert

A closer look at Lupinus sparsiflorus flowers and leaves. Joshua Tree National Park | March 4, 2016