LUPINUS densiflorus aureus (Yellow Lupine) is a perennial plant known for its vibrant yellow flowers and attractive foliage. 'Yellow Lupine is a herbaceous perennial, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Fabaceae family, which includes legumes or pea family plants.
Yellow Lupine forms a clump of upright stems with palmate leaves divided into several leaflets. The leaflets are typically green and may have a silvery or grayish tint. The foliage of the cultivar "aureus" has golden or yellow hues, giving it the name "Golden Lupine." The plant produces tall flower spikes with densely packed, pea-like flowers. The flowers are bright yellow and arranged in dense clusters along the spike.
Yellow Lupine typically blooms in the late spring to early summer, generally between May and July. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions.
Yellow Lupine thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is adapted to Mediterranean-like climates and is commonly found in coastal areas, dry slopes, and open woodlands.
Yellow Lupine is valued for its vibrant yellow flowers and attractive foliage, adding color and visual interest to perennial borders, cottage gardens, and naturalized landscapes. It can also be grown in containers. Yellow Lupine is a beneficial plant for pollinators, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Caution: It is important to note that Lupinus species, including Yellow Lupine, contain alkaloids that can be toxic to livestock if ingested in large quantities. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid planting Yellow Lupine in areas where livestock have access to the plants.
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Scientific Name: Lupinus Densiflorus Aureus
Common Name: Yellow Lupine
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: California
Height: 24 to 36 "
Spread: 12 " to 16 "
Zone: 3 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Attracts: Humming Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Flower Shape: Cut Flower
Flower Color: Yellow
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Average/ Dry/ Medium/ Well-drained
Soil pH: 6.0-8.0
Uses: Perfect for Road side and Hill Side Gardening, Sunny Borders in Seaside Landscape