Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Flowers: Lupine

Wild lupine is a perennial plant in the pea family. It grows in dry sandy soil in open sunlight to partial shade and flowers in a variety of colors from pink to blue.
This plant is native to Minnesota and blooms in the spring. The seeds of the wild lupine are piousness.
Wild lupine is currently threatened or no longer present in much of its original habitat. One main reason for the decline in wild lupine is habitat destruction. Man has ripped up many of the fields where the lupine used to grow for agriculture use or urban sprawl.
Another reason for the decline is because of man made fire suppression. Fields that are destroyed by fire are cleared of most of their brush. This allows perennials like lupine to reestablish itself. If the fields are not regularly cleared, because man extinguishes wild fires, then other more evasive plants and shrubs will take over and eventually the lupine will die because it will not receive enough sunlight.
Wild lupine is an early source of food for many different insects. Chief among these is the Karner blue butterfly. The karner blue larva will only eat wild lupine. This dependence on this declining plant has endangered this butterfly, who's numbers have declined by 99 percent.

13 comments:

Barbara said...

It is truely amazing how one flower can effect so many things when they become endangered. We came accross some of these lovely wild flowers last year on our visit to Elk Praire in California.
Smiles B

shutterhappyjenn said...

Oh my goodness... great shots in all!

My flower picture for today is posted here. Have a great week ahead.

Arija said...

Your combination of insects and flowers is charming.
All Lupin plants are poisonous. Only the feed lupin has edible seets.

dot said...

Interesting and your pictures are fantastic! Love those birds below.

Norm said...

wow! what a fabulous series of pictures, nice color with a wonderful bee and dragonfly.

Darla said...

That was very informative. I planted some Lupine seeds here in North Florida and they are up and doing very well. If they grow way up North then they sould be good early bloomers here in the south.

madcobug said...

Those are beautiful. Great pictures. Helen

Shellmo said...

Beautiful photos of the lupine. I'm going to look it up in my gardening book - I wonder if I can grow some?
P.S. I'm sure you've been asked this question a thousand times - but what camera equipment do you use? Do you have any opinion on the Sigma 150-500 mm lens w/ the optical stabilizer? I'm considering purchasing for my Canon Rebel. Thank you for your input!

2sweetnsaxy said...

So that's what this is called. Great shots. :-)

Judy said...

I really love the macro shot of the individual blossoms!! Lupines are beautiful flowers!!
Thanks for sharing!

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Great captures!

Flowers and cretters are always very interesting!

Luiz

Adirondackcountrygal said...

We have a few preserves up near my place for the Karner blue.

Term papers said...

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