Lupinus caudatus

Tailcup Lupine

Widely spreading, with upright flower stalks. Stems and leaves coated with silvery hairs. Lower leaves with long stalks, often withered by blooming; stem leaves with 5–7 narrowly oval leaflets 1–2 in. long. Flower stems with 3–6 in. spike. Flower spur behind silky-haired banner, flower violet-blue, upper petal arching upright, wings hairless. Grows in open hillsides, pine forests, sagebrush-steppe, at mid to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--20 inches
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes