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Lupinus perennis is used as foodplants by the caterpillars of several lepidoptera. Among these are the clouded sulphur, eastern tailed blue, gray hairstreak, silvery blue, wild indigo duskywing, frosted elfin (Callophrys irus), the eastern Persius duskywing (Erynnis persius persius), and the rare and endangered Karner blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis), whose caterpillars feed only on the lupine leaves. Leaves that have been fed on by Karner blues have distinctive transparent areas where the larvae have selectively eaten only the green, fleshy parts.
The lupine has been declining in number and range since the Industrial Revolution. It is estimated that it has declined in number by about 90% since 1900. This decline has been deemed one of the primary causes of the Karner blues' endangerment. The main causes of its decline are thought to be habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and poor management. Currently it is threatened in Iowa, Maryland, and New Hampshire; it is endangered in Vermont, and is extirpated in Maine. Human development has eliminated a large portion of its viable habitat. Remaining habitat is often fragmented, which is problematic for the lupine because it limits the range over which it can reproduce. Viable lupine habitat is often difficult to maintain because it flourishes after fires and other forms of disturbance. One reason this occurs is that lupine seed coats are so tough that only pressure changes due to rapid heating or abrasion are strong enough to allow water to penetrate and start germination. Moreover, fires, feeding by large ungulates, and mowing can improve habitat quality for established lupines by changing soil quality, vegetative structure, and leaf litter depth.
Soil: Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full to Part
Color: Dark Lavender
Flowers: The 1/3″ long pea-like flowers grow in a long, upright, terminal cluster 3″-7″ long.
Leaves: The leaves are palm-like with 7-11 “fingers” attached at a central point. The leaflet are up to 2″ long.
When making a purchase "the buyer" agrees to the following:
The buyer understands the plant and container size they will receive.
The buyer understands that many native perennials take over a year to grow to a healthy size due to the first year being mainly root establishment.
The buyer understands that purchasing a plant outside of it's native growing zones will not have favorable results.
The buyer understands that bare root items such as trees and bushes can go several months without producing leaves.
The buyer understands that we do not physically ship the item to you and that a carrier service does, and there will potentially be damaged product depending on the person caring for our package. We cover all damaged product 100% with replacements or refunds. We do require pictures for insurance purposes to ensure the refund is approved.
The buyer understands that they can ask us any questions about the product prior to placing an order.
The buyer understands that once their order is placed they have agreed to all of these terms and conditions and therefore accept all responsibility for what they've ordered.
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I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
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Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
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