Arroyo lupine plants grow in a variety of different habitats, including the chaparral and coastal sage scrub habitats found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Due to the tremendous amount of precipitation this past year, these colorful wildflowers have been growing in abundance throughout Orange County. But beware, people and pets should never eat the leaves, stems, seeds or roots of this plant as all parts of an arroyo lupine are toxic.
This plant species is one of the more than 50 species grown at Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm, where it is used along with other native plants for restoration projects. Next time you are out on the Landmarks, keep an eye out for these stunning flowers! To learn more about native plant species throughout Orange County, visit IRConservancy.org, LetsGoOutside.org or follow the Landmarks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.