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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Lupine/Bluebonnet

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In answer to Ken's question, I have not noticed Bluebonnets growing wild in Western Washington, however we do have Lupine, which is a wild flower resembling Bluebonnet. Both are of the Lupinus family.
Lupine grow in masses along highways, embankment's and fields, in many shades of purple, blue, rose white and yellow.

I believe they are wide spread over the United States. There are many varieties, some of which are poison. When cattle ingest certain varieties their young are born with birth defects, sometimes severe.

The Lupine growing in my yard {photo} are biennial and re-seed generously. The seed pod is shaped like a pea and when it dries it pops open tossing the seeds, sometimes for several feet.
They have strong stems, and pretty foliage, making them desirable in any garden.