Oak Ridge Lupine; Skyblue Lupine
Lupinus diffusus / Pea Family
March 24, 2006
Being from Oak Ridge, I was happy to find this lovely Lupine growing on the side of a sandy road. According to one website, this plant is endangered. I knew I had seen a lupine blooming along this road years ago, so I wanted to see if it was still there. Gee, if I just could have remembered organic chemistry in college the way I can remember where I have seen wildflowers years ago! The seeds of lupines are poisonous to goats and cattle. The toxins contained in the seeds are lupinine, anagyrine, sparteine, and hydroxylupanine. The big names are almost bigger than the seeds themselves!