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I hadn’t thought of these beautiful flowers as wolf plants, but the Collins Dictionary definition asserts that the word is 14th century in origin, from the Latin lupīnus, “wolfish,” as it was believed that the plant ravenously exhausted the soil (info from Wikipedia).

Seemingly contradictory is this edited quote, also from Wikipedia: Like other legumes, they are nitrogen fixing plants. This adaptation allows lupins to be tolerant of infertile soils and capable of pioneering change in barren and poor-quality soils.

My sister took these pics in her backyard. What a feast for the eyes.

I had no idea that the seeds of lupines are eaten in many parts of the world. However, when I read on, and learned about bitter tastes and that the seeds were often soaked and toasted or boiled and dried, I thought — too much work — I would probably enjoy them more just as a flower to be admired.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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32 thoughts on “Lupines

  1. Hi Anneli, The Lupine flowers are beautiful! Your information on how Lupins are tolerant of infertile soils and capable of pioneering change in barren and poor-quality soils explains why we saw many Lupin fields in Iceland. I agree “…a feast for the eyes.”

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  2. Agreed! I see why life used to be busy long ago when they did this sort of thing.

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  3. Anneli, have you read this wonderful children’s book. It features the beautiful lupin and has a fabulous message. I often give it as a grad gift. All three of my grandkids received one for Christmas one year. Carol S


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  4. They really are beautiful, the 1300’s definition may lack any scientific investigation? 🤔

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  5. I think it’s considered an invasive plant in some areas. At any rate, they are beautiful!

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  6. I love these lupines. I am hoping they really are an invasive plant, but so far any lupines growing in my garden are purposely seeded by me! I pick all the seed pods and save them, or give them away. The bees and hummingbirds adore them, not to mention they are a real treat for my eyes! If only the blooms would last longer than a few weeks.

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  7. Lupines are very under appreciated (although they are considered to be a problem in NZ where they are crowding out native species), I think. I like them.


  8. I suppose they are like some of the other plants that are considered invasive (broom, blackberries, purple loosestrife) but they have their place, and I feel the same, I really like them. In a garden situation you can certainly control them.


  9. They are very beautiful! I think they would grow in my garden (poor soil). I will try it out. Thanks for the info about those Lupines!

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  10. They are beautiful. Lupines grow wild in a nature reserve we go to most years. It recently reopened and it’s swarming with people.😟

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  11. They are really beautiful! 🙂

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  12. Wow, those are beautiful! I had forgotten about those flowers as I don’t think we have them here. Very dramatic, aren’t they?!

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  13. Beautiful! I guess there are many types of lupine. We have wild lupine blooming now in Colorado. I photographed some last night and may go out later today looking for more. I would love to have your sister’s backyard!

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  14. Lovely 🙂
    Thank you !
    Life is good !

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  15. Lupines are beautiful. Do you know the picture book, “Miss Rumphius”? She is the Lupine lady.

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