Pink Sandhill Lupine
Plants are upright perennials with a taproot. Preferred
habitat is sandy roadsides, clay embankments and pinelands. Distribution
is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one
whole part, lance-shaped, very hairy, or smooth. There are no
teeth and no lobes. Leaf base graduates to a narrow point.
The flowers are in racemes (a single flower on each stalk
and arranged along both sides of the stem like a feather). The
calyx is 4-lobed; 5 petals that are pinkish or light to dark
blue, with banner (upper petal) having a purple spot. Flowers
occur in early spring.
Fruit is a pod.
The related, L. diffusus, also known as Sky-blue
Lupine, is similar, but the banner has a cream-colored,
occasionally white, spot.
A rare species that has not been found in this region is L.
plattensis, which has blue flowers with a dark spot on the