Bicolor Lupine or Miniature Lupine
Origin Of Genus Name: Lupinus is Latin for "wolf."
Presidio Locations: Found throughout the sand dunes.
Range In State: California coast.
Description: This annual native has tiny, deep blue flowers. The plant was once thought to deplete or "wolf" the mineral content of the soil; hence the genus name derived from the Latin lupus for "wolf." Actually the plant and all of the Lupine Family enhances soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen into a useful form. It has palmate (looks like the palm of your hand) leaves which are quite hairy. Blooms March to June.
Last updated: February 28, 2015