Tonight I’m featuring Lupine, another common species of wildflower that blooms this time of year. At least it’s supposed to bloom this time of year. Our extremely dry January and February has produced a pitiful output of these plants. On slopes where last year I saw hundreds of them, I’m seeing only one or two this year.
Lupine, in its various species and subspecies, grows throughout much of the United States. It is a member of the pea family of plants. Typically, the plant has an upright stalk, about 8 or 9 inches tall, on which grow numerous blue or purplish flowers.
There are 23 species of these plants growing in Arizona and a lot of them resemble each other. I’m going to take a stab at this one and say that it is a Coulter’s Lupine a/k/a Desert Lupine. The habitat is right — Desert Lupines grow on desert roadsides and slopes, and I found this specimen growing on a hillside at Sabino Canyon. It’s a very pretty plant; I just wish that there were more of them this year.
Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, M setting, ISO 125, f14 @ 1/160.