Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei

Large-Leaved Lupine

Erect stout stem. Leaves basal and along stem, petioles 3–8 in. with blades palmately divided; 5–11 leaflets 2–3 in. long, bright green, hairless or with sparse hairs and lighter-colored on underside. Flowers blue, lavender, pink, or white, with white or yellow patch that often turns reddish with age. Grows in moist places at high elevations, including Wallowa Mountains. Subsp. polyphyllus has stiff sharp hairs pressed to surface of stems; grows in eastern Oregon and Washington. The species name refers to the many leaflets: poly means "many," and phyllus means "leaf."

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: Meadow, Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Wallowas, Crater Lake Np, Olympic Np
  • Native: Yes