Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Large-leaved lupine

Lupinus polyphyllus

About This Species

Zone 3b BC Native

Grow me instead of Blueweed, Foxglove

This tall and beautiful lupine can reach heights of 1.5 m! Large-leaved lupines are a great plant to grow in infertile soils, as they add nutrients back into the soil. This plant produces tall spikes of deep blue to purple pea-shaped flowers, blooming in late spring. The flowers turn into woolly brown pods containing seeds. Large-leaves lupine add incredible architectural interest to the garden. These seeds are toxic to humans and livestock when raw.

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