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Coconino NF near Happy Jack - John Kava

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Lupinus hillii - Hill's lupine

Other Common Names: Hill's lupine
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Coconino NF near Happy Jack
John Kava
Coconino NF near Happy Jack
John Kava
Plant - summer
Coconino NF near Happy Jack
John Kava
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A leafy stemmed lupine with conspicuously whorled flowers along the flower stalks.
Identification notes: Perennial; leafy stemmed; leaves basal and alternate, palmately compound with 5 to 9 leaflets. Flowers to 1/4 inch long, pea-like, bluish-purple, banner petal silky with appressed hairs on center back, borne on short stalks in whorled clusters.
Height: 8 inches


Habitat Description: Ponderosa pine forests.
Plant Communities: Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 6000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Blue to purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Pea-like, to 1/4 inch long. Flowers are bluish purple while the banner has a reddish-purple patch in the center. Flowers are supported by prominent green bracts, whose tips tend to curve outwards while the flowers are still in bud.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Palmate     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are to 2-1/2 inches wide and have 5 to 9 leaflets. They are most hairy along the edges, at the tip and on the undersurfaces.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green turning to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Seed Notes: Seeds are rounded, pea-like.

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