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Lupinus albifrons  Benth. in Lindl.
Silver bush lupine,   Silver lupine
Lupinus albifrons is a shrub that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.

Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Coastal Sage Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, many plant communities

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPNLupinus fragrans
Information about  Lupinus albifrons from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description, Infraspecific taxa: Lupinus albifrons, silver lupine, white-leaf bush lupine, or evergreen lupine, is a species of lupine (lupin). It is native to California and Oregon, where it grows along the coast and in dry and open meadows, prairies and forest clearings. It is a member of several plant communities, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, northern coastal scrub, foothill woodland, and yellow pine forest. Description Lupinus albifrons is a perennial shrub, taking up about 2 ft (0.61 m) of space and reaching 5 ft (1.5 m). It has a light blue to violet flower on 3 to 12 inches (7.6 to 30.5 cm) stalks. The leaves are silver with a feathery texture.[3] It grows in sandy to rocky places below 5,000 feet (1,500 m).[4] Infraspecific taxa Lupinus albifrons has five different varieties, three of which occur only in California, the other two occur in both California and Oregon:[7] Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons, silver lupine Lupinus albifrons var. collinus, silver lupine Lupinus albifrons var. douglasii, Douglas' silver lupine Lupinus albifrons var. eminens, silver lupine Lupinus albifrons var. flumineus, silver lupine. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/04/2023).