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Sky-blue Lupine

Lupinus diffusus

Description:

Lupinus diffusus is a species of lupine native to the southeastern United States, from North Carolina south to Florida and west to Mississippi. t is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 30–50 centimetres (12–20 in) tall. The leaves are palmately compound with 3-5 leaflets 6–12 centimetres (2.4–4.7 in) long and 3–5 centimetres (1.2–2.0 in) broad, gray-green to silvery green, covered with fine white hairs. The flowers are pale blue or violet, produced in a dense spike 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) long.

Habitat:

It is restricted to very dry, sandy soils, often in open pine or oak woodlands. This one was spotted at the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve near Windsor (Aiken County), SC.

Notes:

Other common names include Oak Ridge Lupine and Spreading Lupine.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2014
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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