Lupine



If you haven’t been to the North Shore in the summer months to see these beautiful purple flowers fill the landscape, you should consider it. It’s something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
 
The Lupine, part of the legume family (it’s related to peas!), is a distinct flower that displays beautiful colors during its blooming season, drawing spectators from all over the country. It is a cool weather plant that dies down from the heat of the summer and some years may not even put up a stem if the temperatures are too warm (though that is rare on the North Shore). The plant prefers well-drained, sandy soils that are fully exposed to the sun. Although there are hundreds of kinds of Lupine, Wild Lupine and Large-Leaved Lupine are most prominent along the North Shore.
 
The flower itself has an upper and lower portion that is typically blue/purple but can also be pink or white. The upper and lower parts of the flower have dark veins that are forcibly opened by insects to reach their horn-shaped stamen. They typically stand around 8-18” tall and have pea-like flowers that bloom in June and July. Usually growing in bunches, these flowers will be easy to notice with their vibrant colors sticking out from the green brush typically surrounding them.