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Lupinus nootkatensis
Lupinus nootkatensis
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Lupinus nootkatensis

Nootka Lupine

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.330.680

Also called Alaskan Lupine, this species is native along the west coast of North America. Foliage has leaflets arranged like spokes in a circle, velvety soft on the undersides. Large spikes of pea flowers appear in early summer, deep violet-blue with a white flag. Excellent for cutting and attractive to hummingbirds. This perennial species will self sow if conditions are to its liking. Requires a well-drained soil preferably on the acidic side. In poor dry soils plants will be noticeably shorter. The deep taproot makes transplanting difficult. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

Further details for
Lupinus nootkatensis

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Hummingbirds
  Cut Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Wild Flower
   40-60 cm
   16-23 inches
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.