Lupine, Miniature;  Lupinus bicolor

Mid Bloomer.  Flowers sometimes whorled, on 6" to16”  tall stems; 1/4” dark blue flowers with white spot turns magenta.

Notes: Pea family.  Like so many of its genus, it has blue wings and a blue banner with a large, central, black-dotted white splotch that turn rosy red with age.  One botanist told us that the red denotes that the flower has been pollinated and that the red color is chemically close to human hemoglobin.  Lupinus bicolor is abundant in open fields at low elevations.  The flowers are usually small (1/4”) and the white splotch on the banner is usually triangular.  Bicolored means ‘two-colored.’

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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants
    Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
        Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
            Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
                Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons
                    Subclass Rosidae
                        Order Fabales
                            Family Fabaceae -- Pea family
                                Genus Lupinus L. -- lupine
                                    Species Lupinus bicolor Lindl. -- miniature lupine

Contains 6 Subspecies and 10 accepted taxa overall

Lupine, Miniature (Lupinus bicolor)