Wild about Yellow Lupine

Great weekend outing at Fort Funston. Max our border collie gets to play, and we get to check out the wildflowers.  We were excited to come across this Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus). We often see blue Lupine at Fort Funston, but this yellow one was bonus.

Lupinus arboreus - Yellow Bush Lupine

Lupinus arboreus – Yellow Bush Lupine

Here is an overview of this California native shrub.  This particular plant was about 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide.  The blooms were just starting.

Lupine on the dunes.

Lupine on the dunes.

The Yellow Bush Lupine grows happily in sandy soil and under coastal conditions.  Flowers tend to bloom from March to September.

Yello Bush Lupine - Lupinus arboreus

Yellow Bush Lupine – Lupinus arboreus

What I did not know about these wild Bush Lupines that they establish deep roots which help stabilize the sand dunes here.  Sweet find!

– Far Out Flora

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