Feb. 21, 2020

garden lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus

If I we were west of the continental divide, I would call this bigleaf lupine. Here in the east it's garden lupine. Like yesterday's mallow, this lupine has taken advantage of us. Imported to Britain in the 1820s, it now has spread to parts of Eurasia and to New Zealand. Many of those wild plants, like this one, reflect horticultural variations of color and form. One patch I've seen on the Lake Superior shore was a mix of blue, pink and white, and combinations of those. Garden lupine originated in CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, AB, and BC. Now it also occurs in AK, CT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, VT, WI, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC.