Factsheet S54: Lupinus – the lupins
Lupinus is a genus of about 150 herbaceous annuals and herbaceous to shrubby perennials, originating from many parts of the world, with greatest species diversity in western North America, Mexico and South America. They are part of the legume family.
Wild lupins (spelt with an e as lupines in North America) cover a wide climatic range from the sub-arctic climate of Alaska, through Mediterranean and semi-desert climates, to subtropical lowlands. Growing seasons are typically cool to mild.