An Illustrated Guide to the Native Plant Garden by Susan Carpenter
Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) is a native species suited for well drained dry or dry mesic soils, in full sun or light shade. A legume, it blooms May-June, and the seeds are dispersed from pods that split and twist open when mature in June-July. This species has value for beneficial insects, especially native bees, including bumble bees. It is sometimes called sundial lupine, because of its palmately compound leaves. Those are especially beautiful after a rain, as drops of water bead up on leaf surfaces and margins.