Large-leaved Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

Western United States and Canada. Introduced to Europe to improve the soil on roadsides and in coniferous forests and as an ornamental plant (19th/20th century).

Bigleaf Lupine can be found from low to middle elevations in open and moist habitats. It prefers well-drained soils and often grows along roadsides, riverbanks, and in disturbed areas.

The species has a strong impact on alpine mountain hay meadow communities because it changes the structure of usually low-growing vegetation. In its introduced range Bigleaf Lupine suppresses local plants and reduces the abundance of butterfly species.

Bigleaf Lupine’s steam is upright, unbranched and can grow up to 1.5m. Its flowers are purple or purple-blue and have a pea-like shape. Bigleaf Lupine has long-stalked basal leaves which are composed of 10-17 leaflets and can grow up to 25 cm in diameter.

Foto: Urosh Grabner

Publicado el 11 de julio de 2024 a las 06:31 AM por prreiter prreiter


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