Lupine, Bush;  Lupinus albifrons

Mid Bloomer.  Clustered flowers, blue to reddish purple, plant covered with silky hairs, sometimes has a grape-like fragrance.

Notes:  Pea Family.  This  is the only shrubby Lupine in the foothills, with beautiful wands of blue-violet flowers and silver foliage, therefore also called Silver Lupine.  Almost every part of this plant is covered with fine, silvery-white hairs.  Albifrons means ‘white-fronded.’  The flowers can occasionally give off a grape-like fragrance. The black-flecked patch on the blossoms turns red with age.

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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 albifrons Benth. ex Lindl. 
                                    -- silver lupine

Contains 5 Varieties and 5 accepted taxa overall

Lupine, Bush (Lupinus albifrons)