Large Leaf Lupine

CAD $4.00

Lupinus polyphyllus 

Perennial herbaceous plant with stout stems growing to 1.5 metres tall.

Height: 1.5m

Edible: Y

Medicine: Y

Other Uses: N

Poisonous: Y

Soil: Nutrient-poor soils

Watering: Damp to wet, can tolerate dry

Sun: Partial to full sun.

Usually found at: Moist habitats and seasonally wet soils.

Pollinators & wildlife: Bees

Ornamental: Pleasant fragrance and tall, showy flowers make the plant a favourite ornamental for gardeners

 

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Lupinus polyphyllus 

Perennial herbaceous plant with stout stems growing to 1.5 metres tall.

Height: 1.5m

Edible: Y

Medicine: Y

Other Uses: N

Poisonous: Y

Soil: Nutrient-poor soils

Watering: Damp to wet, can tolerate dry

Sun: Partial to full sun.

Usually found at: Moist habitats and seasonally wet soils.

Pollinators & wildlife: Bees

Ornamental: Pleasant fragrance and tall, showy flowers make the plant a favourite ornamental for gardeners

 

Leaves: Palmately compound with (5-) 9-17 leaflets 3–15 centimetres (1.2–5.9 in) long

Flowers: Produced on a tall spike, each flower 1–1.5 centimetres (0.39–0.59 in) long, most commonly blue to purple in wild plants

Berries: none

First Nations uses: Thompson tribes considered it poisonous, but used it medicinally. Salishan used it to make tonics. Kwakiutl ate roots, fresh or steamed. Only folks with special knowledge of the preparation techniques can prepare the seeds as they are toxic. 

 

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