February 2021 - Arroyo Lupine

lupineThe February plant of the month comes to us from our own backyard. Arroyo Lupine is a California native annual that blooms from February to May. It can be found in coastal meadows and mountain and grassland habitats throughout California. It tolerates many soil types, and in cooler coastal habitats, this lupine has been known to reseed itself after the initial spring bloom and can provide color into the summer months. It's a fast grower and, with a little care, can easily grow to three to four feet providing fragrant blue and violet spiked flowers up to six inches long, from February to May.  Scatter seeds in well-drained border areas, along walkways, or massed to create a colorful showing throughout spring. The blue and violet colors contrast strikingly with California golden poppies. Intersperse with ‘Arroyo Lupine’ and enjoy a timeless California wildflower display every spring in your own yard.