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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Lupinus villosus

Lady Lupine, Pink Sandhill Lupine, Hairy Lupine

Scientific Name:

Lupinus villosus

Genus:

Lupinus

Species Epithet:

villosus

Common Name:

Lady Lupine, Pink Sandhill Lupine, Hairy Lupine

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, sandy roadsides. (NC counties: Bladen, Brunswick*, Cumberland, Pender). Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain. Strongly declining over the past several decades. Limited to just 5-10 sites now, and many of these are in very poor condition. Most current sites in western Pender County. This is a Signficantly Rare species.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

It is difficult to grow commercially due to its deep taproot and its dislike of being moved.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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