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Silky Lupine

Lupinus sericeus
Photo by www.mnstate.edu

Habitat: Dry grassland, open woods, and roadsides.

Description:  Covered in soft, silvery hairs.  Compound leaves with 6-10 leaflets, that alternate on the stem.  Individual leaflets are narrow and 3-6cm long.  Flowers grow in long terminal clusters, purple-blue in color (can be white or yellowish).  Silky Lupine's often grown in dense groups.

Size: 80cm tall

Fun Facts: Lupine's got their name from the latin word lupus meaning wolf.  They were named this because it was thought they robbed the soil of nutrients (like a wolf would steal livestock).  Lupines are actually nitrogen fixers, so they add nitrogen to the soil, instead of taking from it!

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common WIldflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Killdeer
Charadrius vociferus
Grayish-brown above and white below.  Has two black stripes on it's chest and a cinnamon colored tail.
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