Alpine Lupine

FABACEAE, The Pea family






Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

This little beauty dots the slopes of Mt. Adams, between 6400 – 8300 ft. and is one of the chief reasons I am a slow mountain hiker: “Oh look! It’s so cute. I just have to photograph this one.” Five steps later: “Oh! How darling!”, etc.

So Lupine taxonomy is a little tricky around here and has me somewhat puzzled. First there are dozens of very similar species in the Cascades, then they sometimes hybridize themselves. So my best attempt at this one so far:

Lupinus lyallii or Lupinus sellulus ssp. sellulus var. lobbii aka L. lepidus var. lobbii


About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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