This week’s Wildflower Wednesday featured flower is the Lupine.
Wild Lupine like dry, sandy soil and can be found in oak savannas and prairies. They bloom in May and June.
The flowers can be white, blue, purple, or pink. Their leaves are arranged like a sundial. Lupines are of part of the legume / pea family.
Lupine seeds are a good source of essential amino acids and is a becoming a popular substitute for soy.
Seeds need to be soaked in water and processed before being eaten because their seeds contain alkaloids that can induce intoxication of people.
Lupine is the only host plant for the Karner Blue butterfly caterpillar.
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