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California native plants - Dune Lupine - Lupinus chamissonis

The Dune Lupine is a perennial wildflower native to California and common in coastal regions from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This species is endemic only to California according to CalFlora. Lupinus chamissonis is a spreading, bushy shrub with silver-green palmate foliage that grows to a height of 3' - 5' (1.5M - 2M). Dune Lupine grows well in coastal sand, is salt and drought tolerant and is a major component of the coastal dune scrub. This perennial species serves as a larval food source for the Morro blue butterfly in this region.

 

When adapting this native to the home garden provide full sun and excellent drainage to mimic it's natural habitat.

 

Seen above while hiking a path at Montaña de Oro State Beach in Central California. Many of these Lupines were in bloom across from the sand dunes below. A better photo of this specimen can be seen here at David Hoffman's photostream.

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Taken on July 2, 2012