2836 - AlpenPix (Wild) - 2010-12-09|
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Locality: USA - Colorado - In natural area behind Mountain View Experimental Gardens, Peak 7 area, Breckenridge, Colorado, elevation 10,000 feet, USDA Zone 4.
Photographer: Jane Hendrix
Note: Lupinus argenteus is a common species at my altitude. Scattered plants may be found among the tall lodgepole pines but the large, showy colonies are always at the edge of the forest or on sunny roadcuts. Some gardeners up here buy the large, non-native Russell's Hybrid Lupines. Unfortunately, aphids seem to be attacted to those cultivars. Lupinus argenteus seems to be distasteful to aphids and grows, blooms and sets abundant, fertile seed unmarred by those plant-suckers. In this photo, Lupinus argenteus, standing about 12 to 14 inches tall, combines with the red Castilleja miniata and the sulphur-yellow to nearly white Castilleja sulphurea. L. argenteus blooms in early to mid-July. (Sent: Alpineemail@example.com)
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