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Golden Lupine
Lupinus densiflorus

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Golden Lupine,Lupinus densiflorus Picture

About Golden Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus)
Height: Up to 1 1/2 ft.
Flower Color: Yellow
Plant Type: Annual. Lives just one year. Grows quickly, blooms heavily, dies with first frost. Can regrow following spring if seed falls on bare ground.
Flower Type: Spike of sweet-pea-like flowers
Bloom Time: Early and mid-season
Is this wildflower invasive? No
Is this wildflower endangered? No
Is this wildflower edible? No
Is this wildflower medicinal? No
What is Golden Lupine's native range?
  Indigenous To: Coastal California
Where Golden Lupine is naturalized or can be grown
  Regions: All regions of North America.
  Zones: 3-9 Best in Pacific coastal states
How to grow Golden Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus)
  Soil preference: Like all lupines, this species prefers loose or sandy soils.
  Sun/Shade: Needs full sun.
  Moisture Requirements: Average moisture, well-drained.

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Like all lupines, the seed of this one is large and hard. Many soak the seed before planting to soften the seed coat. Others recommend scratching the seed with sandpaper or a file to help the hard seed coat "break" after planting. Nobody does any of this in the wild, of course, so it is not required, however these treatments may hasten development. Once germinated, lupines must form a tap root before blooming well, and this means a preference for sandy or otherwise loose soils. With heavier soils, they will develop, but it will simple take longer.

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