Species

Lupinus diffusus

Common Name

Sky blue lupine

Habitat

Sandhill, sand pine scrub,
oak scrub

Flowering Time

March – May

Description

Sky blue lupine is one of several Florida lupines with blue flowers and simple leaves. Spikes of purplish-blue flowers of Sky blue lupine grow to 3 feet. Sky blue lupine is a short-lived perennial. The foliage is evergreen.

Interesting Fact

The genus name Lupinus is an old name derived from the Latin “lupus” meaning “a wolf”. Lupines were believed to destroy the fertility of soil around them and wolves were looked down upon at the time.

Photos

GPS Coordinates

27.567259; – 81.498851

References

Florida’s Nature
Plant profile on USDA.gov
Plant profile from the New York Botanical Garden

Art by Mollie Doctrow