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Wildflower Wednesday

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

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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