Lupins

Yellow lupinLupinus luteus

Flowering: March to July

April - Pinar del Rey

A medium to tall hairy annual with bright yellow, scented flowers, 13-16mm long that are borne in whorls. The leaflets are  oblong and sparsely hairy.

Habitat: Generally on light acid soils, in sandy places and on roadsides. The plant is widely cultivated for fodder and as a green manure.

I have found yellow lupins growing on the edges of the pine woodland of Pinar del Rey and seen masses of them growing along the roadsides in the Castellar area.

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Hairy Blue Lupin Lupinus micranthus

Flowering: April to June

12/3/09 - Between Alcaidesa and Sotogrande

An annual plant growing to less than 40cm high; softly hairy, hairs brown or silvery coloured. The flowers are blue 10-14mm long; the standard petal with a whitish central zone and the keel tipped with blackish-violet.

Habitat: Sandy soil in grassy fields,  road verges, coastal to mid-mountains in acid soils.

12/3/09- Alcaidesa-Sotogrande

We came upon these lovely blue lupins whilst walking from El Faro, Alcaidesa to Sotogrande where they were growing in large clumps on a grassy slope behind the beach.

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