One of our favorite plants due to its beauty and rugged character, silver bush lupine is a go-to plant for drought-tolerant native gardens, xeriscape native landscaping, or dry-site habitat restoration projects. For a small amount of work to establish this plant, you can receive knockout blue, purple, to violet blooms! Blooms in late spring. Silver bush lupine is a shrub that generally grows 2′-4′ tall. The attractive, evergreen, silver leaves are lovely year-round. Needs full sun and very good drainage. Tolerant of soil with low fertility. Nitrogen fixing. Silver bush lupine requires no summer water after its established, but can handle occasional watering. Found on dry, rocky, sunbaked slopes, chaparral, open grassland, dry meadows, sandy or cobbly streambanks, ridges, and openings in oak woodland and coniferous forest. Very attractive to bees, including bumble bees. Native to California and Oregon. Deer resistant.
Lupinus albifrons seed packets contain 1/2 teaspoon of seed.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.