May 10, 2021
Lupine at Spangler Grove
By Elizabeth Strick
Native lupine (Lupinus perennis) is in full bloom at Spangler Grove Nature Preserve. Lupine is a member of the bean family with blue-violet colored formed on an upright stalk. Lupine lives in sandy prairies and Oak savannas. It is an important native plant due to it being a host plant for the Karner blue butterfly, frosted elfin and other butterfly and moth species. A host plant is a plant that butterflies and moths lay their eggs on and then the caterpillars feed on.
Stop by Spangler Grove Nature Preserve and enjoy the Lupine as it flowers throughout May.