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Big Leaf Lupine

Oil painting, 18″ x24″ plus 3/4″ wide ornate black/gold wooden frame.  Painted for my Pretty Weeds art show, which runs May through July 2024 at Sociable Cider Werks.

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Big Leaf Lupine

Flower size: ½ inch

Scientific name: Lupinus polyphyllus

Other common names: large-leaved lupine, many-leaved lupine, blue-pod lupine, marsh lupine, Washington lupine

Native to moist areas of Western North America

Invasive in New England, parts of Europe, Argentina, parts of New Zealand, and around Lake Superior

Brought from the West to the midwest by gardeners, this lupine, though not classified as a noxious weed, has become controversial on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Many residents, visitors and photographers love it for its beauty. Others consider it an environmental threat because it competes with, and interbreeds with, the native blue wild lupine, which provides food for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.


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