dune lupine Fabaceae Lupinus
chamissonis Eschsch. symbol: LUCH
Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, palmately compound, 4 inches long, 5 to 9 lanceolate to oblanceolate leaflets, each 1 inch long, gray-green and often with silky hairs.
Flower: Very showy, blue to pale lavender, in upright 6-8 inch spikes; appearing early to mid-summer.
Fruit: Pea-like brown-hairy pods, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long; twist open violently when ripe, expelling seeds.
Twig: Green to red-green.
Form: Erect woody shrub to 6’ tall; ball-shaped when growing in the open.
Looks like: yellow bush lupine
Additional Range Information: Lupinus chamissonis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting dune lupine.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson