Fabaceae
Lupinus leucophyllus

Velvet Lupine

Erect, branched just above soil line. Plant covered with white-woolly stiff hairs. Leaves with 2–3 in. long petioles, blade divided palmately, 7–11 leaflets. Flower heads dense on stalk 4–8 in. long and stout. Flowers white or lavender, often turning brown with age; patch on front of banner petal yellow to brown, back of banner densely hairy. Grows in rocky open hillsides, in flats with sagebrush, at low to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas, Steens, East Gorge, Siskiyous, Great Basin
  • Native: Yes