Lupinus is the Latin name for this plant genus and perennis is from the Latin for "continuing through the years".
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Dry Mesic, Dry|
Summer May, June, July
|Max Height||2 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||40|
|Seeds Per Ounce||1,100|
Grows up to 2 feet with blue to violet flowers blossoming from June through August. Locally common to open, sandy prairies. Found mostly in the northeastern Tallgrass Region.
The Karner Blue butterfly, a federally listed endangered species depends upon L. perennis as a larval food source.
Native Americans brewed a leaf tea and drank it cold to treat nausea and internal hemorrhaging. They also used it as a fodder for horses to fatten them and make them "spirted and full of fire".
Edible Uses: Seed - cooked. Used as a protein-rich vegetable or savoury dish in any of the ways that cooked beans are used, they can also be roasted or ground into a powder. The seed has a bitter flavour due to the presence of toxic alkaloids, it should be thoroughly leached before being cooked.
Seedpods - cooked.
Medicinal Uses: A cold tea made from the leaves has been used to treat nausea and internal haemorrhages.
Herbal Uses: Unknown