Big leaf lupine is one of the tallest and most ornamental native lupine species in the west. This cheerful plant forms nice colonies in open fertile meadows, recently burned forest clearings, wetland edges, and streambanks. We’ve seen it used for beautiful riparian restoration projects, providing shaded microclimates for salmon and steelhead. In moist soils individual plants may reach up to 5 feet in height with tall vivid blue flower spikes that bloom over many weeks. This is a great bumble bee plant, and like many native legumes it is a likely host plant for various gossamer wing butterflies.