Lupine, Narrow-leaved; Lupinus benthamii
Mid Bloomer. Stems 8" to 28” tall, bright blue flowers, leaflets very narrow, flowers sometimes whorled. Also called Spider Lupine.
Notes: Pea family. The Narrow-leaved Lupine has the typical blue flower with the white banner splotch that reddens with age, but its leaves are unique: the silvery leaflets resemble a spider’s legs, are long, widely separated and very narrow: hence: Spider Lupine. Stems and sepals have conspicuous scattered long hairs. George Bentham was a 19th century English botanist. There are many species in the lupine genus; the USDA lists 165 Species and 342 accepted taxa overall.
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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 benthamii Heller -- spider lupine
Contains 2 Varieties and 2 accepted taxa overall
Lupine, Narrow-leaved (Lupinus benthamii)
Lupine, Narrow-leaved (Lupinus benthamii), looking up from Buttermilk Bend Trail
Lupine, Narrow-leaved (Lupinus benthamii), looking down from trail toward river
Lupine, Narrow-leaved (Lupinus benthamii) -- intermingled with tufted poppies