Lupine Flower, BC Coastal Region
The Lupine Flower grows all over Vancouver Island in great numbers. It is a herbaceous perennial, 30 cm to 75 cm tall. Leaves are alternate, divided into 10 to 15 narrowly oblong leaflets. The leaflets are smooth to hairy above, and very hairy beneath.
Bonnet shaped flowers are born in racemes on a single center stalk 15 cm to 25 cm long. The flowers bloom in early to mid summer displaying their wide range of colors from deep blue, purple, light blue, lavender, rose, pink, yellow, and white. The fruit is a pod about 2.5 cm long containing several somewhat flattened seeds. The seeds are cream colored and irregularly circular, and no more than 1 cm in diameter.
Lupines thrive in dry open fields and woodland areas, you can see them along all the highways of Vancouver Island in very thick patches.
It is poisonous to many animals. Poisoning varies depending on lupine species and varieties, and it is difficult to pin point to specific plant or animal since different animals become susceptible in different ways under varying range conditions. Species and taxonomic differentiation’s between species are insufficiently characterized. Different lupines produce varying syndromes in any given species of animal.