Loopy for Lupine–Natural Nitrogen Fixers
Bees go loopy for lupine and this week, wildflower expert, Cheryl Lisin of the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, gives us a quick recap of this local beauty. Besides poppies and buttercups, lupines are some of the most commonly noticed blooms in the area. So, make sure you’ve got your facts straight.
Blooming along roadsides and in grassy coastal prairies is purple bush lupine, Lupinus rivularis. The bees love the flowers; they can be seen and heard buzzing around collecting pollen on a sunny day. A perennial shrub, purple bush lupine lives for several years and is a great garden plant.