Grape soda lupine

Lupinus excubitus

Description

Grape soda lupine gets its name from its sweet grape-like flower fragrance. It is a small shrubby perennial growing to 2-3 ft. tall and spreads 4 ft. wide with silvery foliage and tall spikes of purple-blue flowers. One of the easiest to grow in gardens for bold spring color value; it often reseeds and generates new seedlings that can be easily removed if desired.

The Grape soda lupine is a colorful flowering perennial that combines well with native plants and in Mediterranean garden plantings. It is adapted to full sun, well drained soils and low amounts of summer water throughout the Inland Empire. Trimming in late fall or winter helps to maintain its size and to renew good foliage character.

Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Pale green, Silvery white
Flower Color: Purple, Blue
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, All day sun
Function: Container plant, California native, Fragrant flowers, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.