This Florida Native Lupine, (Lupinus diffusus) thrives in the dry, sandy soils in sandhill and pinewood habitats as well as in pastures and on roadsides.
A member of the pea family, Sky-blue Lupine has fuzzy grayish-green leaves and beautiful blue flowers emerging from the central spike. This low growing shrub blooms from mid-winter through spring. Seeds are dispersed by animals and the wind.
Lupines can make a wonderful addition to your native garden. In the fall, plant seeds in well-drained sandy soil in full sun. They will produce flowers early next year. At the end of the blooming season, they will reseed and new plants emerge annually.
Photo Credit – Andy Waldo at Lake Wales Ridge