Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Arctic lupine

Lupinus arcticus

About This Species

Zone 4a BC Native

Grow me instead of Blueweed

Arctic lupine is a native herbaceous perennial with star-shaped leaves that produce bluish, pea-like flowers on tall spikes. After pollination, the flowers turn into hairy pods. These plants require full sun exposure. Additionally, lupines are great for the health of surrounding plants as they fix nitrogen from the air into the soil. Nitrogen is a very important plant nutrient, so nearby plants will benefit from growing alongside this species. Arctic lupine is native to the Northwest Territories and Yukon, and is a short, bushy variety standing 15 – 50 cm tall. It is a good choice for gardeners in colder climates.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions