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Leguminosae (Pea (Legume) Family)

Lupinus nootkatensis

Lupine, Nootka

Plant TypeForb
Life CyclePerennial
Flower Colorpurple, white
DescriptionA low growing plant. The leaves are palmately compound, and are composed of many elliptical leaflets with a strong crease along the midrib. The leaflets radiate out from the leaf stalk in a plane parallel to the ground. The distinctive pea family flowers are many and are arranged in a perfectly spaced fashion on the flower stalk, forming a cone shaped flowerhead. The flowers give way to stout, fuzzy pea-like seed pods. It's really pretty cool looking.
EdibilityDo not eat.
ToxicityLupines are quite poisonous, especially the seeds.