Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wild Silver Lupin

It is would be difficult to miss the showy wild Silver Lupin flowers that are blooming profusely in Pine Valley right now. They do extremely well with our dry soils and especially love to grow in surprising places where they have not purposely been planted.  Lupin is poisonous to sheep and cattle, but it is said that the Indians used Lupin as fodder for their horses to fatten them and make them "spirited and full of fire"!  I often observe squirrels and chipmunks feasting on the "poisonous" seeds and fully enjoying them.  Go figure!
Lupin Flowers
Lupin Leaves

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