Lupine

lupine

If you haven’t been to the North Shore during the summer to see these gorgeous purple and pink flowers you should consider it. It’s something that everyone should see on their visit to the North Shore.

The lupine is a member of the legume family that blooms with purples, pinks, and white. Lupines are a cold-weather plant that will die or may not even stem if temperatures get high, however, this rarely happens on the North Shore. It prefers soil that is low in water content and has direct heat from the sun. There are hundreds of types of lupines but wild and large-leaved lupines are by far the most prominent along the North Shore.

The lupines upper section usually is purple/blue but can also be pink and white. The upper and lower parts of the flower have dark veins that are forcibly opened by insects to reach their horn-shaped stamen. They typically stand between 8-18” tall with smaller pea-sized flowers that bloom in June or July. The flowers are in bunches that reach all the way up the stalk.

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