Lady Finger Lupine - Sky Blue Lupine
Lupinus diffusus Willdenow
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Pink Sandhill Lupine
L. villosus

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 standard.

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