Lupinus nootkatensis

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Lupinus nootkatensis
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Nootka lupine growing in Iceland.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Genisteae
Subtribe: Lupininae
Genus: Lupinus
Species: L. nootkatensis
Binomial name
Lupinus nootkatensis
Donn ex Sims

Lupinus nootkatensis (Nootka lupin) is a lupin native to North America. It grows to 60 cm tall. It was introduced to Europe late in the 18th century.[1]

Iceland Nootka Lupin Flower
Iceland Nootka Lupin Flower Fields

Lupinus nootkatensis (Nootka Lupin) is common on the west coast of North America, and is one of the species from which the garden hybrids are derived, being valued in Britain for its tolerance of cool, wet summers.

In Iceland, the plant has been used to combat erosion. In some places, however, this has caused problems because of the lupin spreading too quickly. It is not native to Iceland but grows very well there. Since other plants find it difficult to root in the loose, eroded soil where it is generally planted, the lupine can grow unhindered and creates monocultures which prevent native flora from flourishing.


  1. ^ Magnusson, B. (2006): NOBANIS – Invasive Alien Species Fact Sheet – Lupinus nootkatensis. – From: Online Database of the North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species – NOBANIS, Date of access 31 October 2008.[1]


  • [2] Accessed 31 October 2008.
A meadow of Nootka lupine growing in Iceland.