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Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis

Lupinus perennis L. ssp. gracilis (Nutt.) D. Dunn

Lupinus gracilis Nutt. non J. Agardh

Lupinus nuttallii S. Watson

Lupinus perennis L. var. gracilis (Nutt.) Chapm.

Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusLupinus“Wolf,” because of the mistaken belief that lupines ravage land they grow on; in fact, they contribute nutrients
SpeciesperennisPerennial
ssp.gracilisSlender, graceful

About plant names...

Wild lupines are natives of eastern North America.

Plants: 8-24" (20-60 cm) tall, with light green or reddish green stems.

Leaves: Palmate, with circular rosettes containing 7-11 leaf­lets. Leaflets may be pointed or rounded, are ½-2" (1.5-6 cm) long, and are smooth and medium green on top, and pale green and somewhat hairy below.

Flowers: Flower spikes are 4-10" (10-25 cm) long, and are blue, or sometimes pink or white.

Fruits: Yellow-grayish-brown pods like fuzzy pea pods, 1-1¾" (3-5 cm) long, with 5-7 seeds each.

Online References:

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis at Illinois Wildflowers

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis on the Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis on the Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis at Minnesota Wildflowers

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

5/6/2016 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

4/25/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 18 × 13" (46 × 33 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

Probably a cultivar. · 5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

6/9/2016 · Monhegan Island, ME

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

6/9/2016 · Monhegan Island, ME
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm)

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

5/6/2016 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/17/2019 · Oceanview, Falmouth, ME
≈ 5 × 4" (12 × 10 cm)

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

1/16/2019

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

8/6/2014 · Shieling Forest, Peterborough, NH
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Lupinus perennis ssp. gracilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 17 Aug 2019.

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Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 8" (14 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

Probably a cultivar. · 5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

6/9/2016 · Monhegan Island, ME

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

4/27/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

Probably a cultivar. · 5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Lupinus perennis (Wild Lupine, Indian Beet, Old Maid’s Bonnets, Blue Lupine, Sundial, Lupine)

7/17/2019 · Oceanview, Falmouth, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (14 × 10 cm)

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