Scientific Name:
Lupinus spp
quinolizidine alkaloids
Flower Color:
ornamental, pastures, roadsides, waterways, woods

Geographical Distribution

Lupins distribution - United States


Lupinus spp

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Lupins (Lupinus spp.) are showy annual or perennial blooming flowers from the legume family, that are native to North and South Americas and the Mediterranean. Large clusters of showy pea-like flowers develop along stems on long stalks. Leaves are alternatively arranged and fan-shaped with 5-13 leaflets. They produce flat, oblong-shaped seedpods that hold seeds.

Toxic components
Lupins contain quinolizidine alkaloids, which interfere with normal function of the nervous system. The seeds and seedpods contain the highest concentration of toxins.