Lupinus excubitus, Grape Soda lupine planted at the Santa margarita location.
Grape Soda lupine in the Santa Margarita garden.
Grape soda lupine, Lupinus excubitus, in the wild at about 4500 ft edge of desert.
Lupinus excubitus, grape soda lupine on slope by Pinus sabiniana in the wild.
We found several White-lined Sphinx moth, Hiles lineata larvae on the Lupinus excubitus.
The White lined sphinx larvae on the Lupinus excubitus along the desert are a different color than the coastal ones.
Lupinus excubitus with native Mason Bees.
Lupinus excubitus in flower at Big Bear City, 7000 ft.
Grape Soda Lupine at Big bear
Grape soda lupine is one of the smaller bush lupines with many different forms that range from the desert to mountains. The foliage is gray, the flowers are purple and smell like grape soda. Do not water after the first summer in most of California. Prefers sandy or loam soil.You can grow Grape soda lupine on clay, but not well in clay. Grape soda lupine occurs in areas of clay soil but where there are drifts of sand or scree deep enough to keep its base from drowning in winter. A pickup load of plaster sand dumped in an area should allow one-three bushes to live happily for a few years. Birds relish the seed, butterflies were working the flowers, and we found several white lined sphinx larvae on the Lupinus excubitus.