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Common Name: Desert Lupine / Coulter's Lupine

Scientific Name: Lupinus sparsiflorus

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Disturbed land revegetation

~Wildlife habitat improvement

~Wildflower plantings

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Colors: Violet/blue flowers

Flowering Season: Late spring

Soil Types: Well drained, medium to coarse textured

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 5 - 10 inches

Lifecycle: Annual

Planting Seed Rate: 7 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 124,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep

Stratification Requirements: Cold stratification if planting in spring

Category: Forbs


Product Description:

Desert Lupine, also known as Coulter's Lupine, Mojave Lupine, or Mojave Lupine, features striking violet/blue blossoms that typically appear in late spring. This plant is native to the Mojave Desert and bears a close resemblance to Arizona Lupine. It thrives in well-drained, medium to coarse soils and has minimal water requirements, reflecting its adaptability to arid environments.


Desert Lupine serves various ecological and conservation purposes. It is most often used in revegetating disturbed lands, contributing to soil stabilization and ecosystem restoration. Additionally, its presence enhances wildlife habitat quality and is frequently used in wildflower plantings, adding to the aesthetic and ecological value of the landscapes it inhabits.



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Photo Credit: Judy Gallagher

Desert Lupine / Coulter's Lupine


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