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
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)