Outdoor Hour Challenge
Lupine Wildflower Study
I can’t possibly list all the lupines you might find so please consult a local field guide to see which lupine you may encounter during your OHC. Be sure to note the blooming time since it will vary by variety.
- ¨ Sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis L.) Look for the range on USDA.
- ¨ Bigleaf or Blue Pod lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl.) Look for the range on USDA.
- ¨ Miniature lupine (Lupinus bicolor) Look for range on USDA.
- ¨ You can read the information in the Handbook of Nature Study for the sweet pea for more information on this flower family.
- ¨ You may wish to watch this short video of lupine (including a bee visit): Lupine.
Outdoor Hour Time:
Look for lupine growing in loose sandy soils, many times near a beach.
- ¨ Make sure you know how tall your lupine might be in real life. Some look like a bush and some are very close to the ground.
Note: Ebook users can find custom notebook pages to use for the lupine flower and the pea family.
- ¨ Create a notebook page for any lupine you discover and observe.
- ¨ Start a pea family notebook page. Keep a running list over time of the flowers you observe and/or study in this plant family.
- ¨ Advanced study: Learn about the relationship between a lupine and a butterfly (host plant). You may wish to do further research on the plants in your area that are insect larvae host plants.
- ¨ Drawing lesson: Use this step by step lesson from John Muir Laws to sketch lupine in your nature journal.
How do you get the new Wildflower Nature Study ebook?
Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired. If you don’t have a membership yet, I am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.