Lupin (Blue Bonnet, Bluebonnet, Lupine)

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  • Common Name: Lupin (Blue Bonnet, Bluebonnet, Lupine)
  • Latin Name: Lupinus spp.
  • Family Name: Fabaceae/Leguminosae
Plants from the Pea family are legumes and have a high protein content.  A variety of toxic alkaloids are particularly associated with Lupins, the chief one being Lupinine, and the plant also contains dangerous enzyme inhibitors.  It is also high in phosphorous and absorbs nitrogen from the soil.

The level of toxicity depends upon season, species, and part of the plant, but young leaves, seeds, and pods are particularly TOXIC, and all parts of this plant should be avoided.

Although a cultivated plant Lupins can often be seen growing in the wild.
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