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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday --Lupinus villosus

I am linking up with Gail over at http://clayandlimestone.blogspot.com/ my first time for Wildflower Wednesday. Her linky is located in her sidebar.

While visiting my SIL I noticed this bloom from a distance and had to investigate. With the help of my BIL we have identified it as Lupinus villosus--Lady Lupine. It grows specifically in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.
It likes a scrub area with sandy soil, quite drought tolerant I might add, as we are about 8 inches behind in our rainfall for the year. Do you know this plant?


Noted to be great food for caterpillars. What type of caterpillars were not indicated. Further research should be done for personal information on my part.




Just had to add this interesting bridge that my SIL and her husband built. Across the bridge and around the corner to the right is their home and at the edge of the property is a lake.





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Today I am Thankful for Gail and her bulldog tenacity concerning wild/native plants and flowers and the pollinators that we so desperately need. She certainly has me keeping my mind and eyes open.. :)

51 comments:

Chandramouli S said...

The flowers look cute. Flowers in bunches are always a great sight, wouldn't you agree?

Donna said...

Ooo, what a pretty flower. This one would be great for my garden.

Hugs,
Donna

tina said...

I don't know that plant at all but it sure is sweet! Great job on the bridge too.

One said...

Darla, I love the description of the house and the lake at the far end. My dream house...

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Oh such pretty flowers...I love that bridge.

Blessings Kelsie

Bonnie said...

Love the bridge!

Marie said...

Lady Lupine is beautiful. Nothing like it here in PA that I know of.

Patsy said...

That was a good and helpful trip of information about flowers.

p3chandan said...

Its lovely with with its 2 different colours looking like the sweet pea blooms, maybe same family?

Gail said...

What a beauty! Darla, I so wish it would grow here, but sandy soil is not a part of Clay and limestone! Love the bridge photo and the warning sign! xxoogail

Gail said...

PS Thank you for including me in your being Thankful!

garden girl said...

What lovely blooms! Wish I could grow lupines here - they don't seem to like our soil.

Alison said...

What a beautiful flower! I love lupines. This one has unusual foliage for a lupine.

The bridge and the sign made me laugh, thanks for that.

Elephant's Eye said...

I'll join you in thanking Gail. Her Wildflower meme is the one I'm supporting this year.

Elephant's Eye said...

Oh - and you have a Magnificent picture in your header of a flying crayfish!! Strange to think that the same little creature flies around my basil in this South African garden ;~)

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Grace Peterson said...

Pretty Lupine. Nice bridge too!

Lona said...

It is such a pretty flower Darla. I love the leaves too. Never saw that one before. I love the sign beside the bridge. lOL!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's really pretty, I haven't seen that kind before. We have a wild lupine here, but they are all purple.
I love the no passing sign for the bridge, that would be tricky!

Rose said...

What a lovely wildflower; wish we had these up North! Love the sign in front of your in-laws' bridge:)

George said...

I enjoyed Lady Lupine when I lived in the Carolinas, but I haven't seen a plant in years. I like the bridge your SIL and her husband built.

Susie said...

I don't know that flower Darla but it's a beauty.

Entangled said...

I always think of lupines as plants that won't take summer heat, and now you're showing me one from the southern US! I have the sandy soil for it, but I suspect it wouldn't be winter-hardy here.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

SUch a pretty flower. And love the bridge!
*hugs*deb

Marydon said...

What a peaceful setting, Drla ... the bridge to everywhere.

Love your dahlias ... I've never tried growing them before.

Got lots of seeds in the ground, so will be fun to see what all these mysterious plants look like when they blossom ... cannot put the flowers in just yet, freezes happen here until 2nd week of May so I am cautious.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Skeeter said...

Pretty plant and love the sign by the bridge...

Rusty in Miami said...

We don’t have that plant down my way, but it’s gorgeous

cherry said...

Lady Lupine looks like something I need to know more about too..
Happy weekend friend.
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, Love the Lupine... Beautiful...

Had to snicker at the sign saying not to pass on that bridge.... HA...

Let's pray for all who lost so much due to the Tornadoes on Wednesday. We were some of the lucky ones.

Hugs,
Betsy

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

I haven't seen that kind of lupine before - interesting! I like your bridge photo too, very cute!

perennialgardener said...

That is an interesting native Lupine. I've never seen it before, so thanks for sharing the info on it. :)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Nope, never seen it. It IS pretty though.

Lola said...

Love the flower. Great job on the bridge.

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