Lupinus perrenis

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Sundial Lupine

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2.5 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Purple, lavender
Phenology:Winter dormant, blooms in spring
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, formal garden
Considerations:foliage and seeds have toxic properties, primarily due to the lupine alkaloids
Propagation:Seed, they may need to be stratified. Division of rhizomes.
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:-
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:-
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  • Larval host for several butterflies.
  • Attracts bees including bumblebees. 

Native Habitats:Open, sandy woods. Adapted to fire.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

It can be difficult to maintain habitat for this plant.  Keeping the competition down seems to be critical (mow, burn, etc.).

We know of no Florida nursery carrying this.