Broad-leaf Lupine is a common low elevation to subalpine species. There are two varieties, separated by elevation and characteristics of the plants. This is a pink-flowered form of latifolius, the larger of the two (up to two feet). It grows to about 5,000 feet.
Location: pullout, road to Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 18, 2011
This is variety subalpinus, showing the more typical blue to blue-violet flower. It is a shorter plant with smaller leaflets and dense, spreading hairs.
Location: Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 2, 2013
Large patches of variety subalpinus bloom near Tipsoo Lake from mid to late summer.
Location: Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 28, 2012
Often found in meadow habitats, here variety subalpinus grows with heather near a subalpine forest.
Location: Snow Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 29, 2012
Here variety latifolius is found at lower elevation at the dry edges of Longmire Meadow. The leaflets are wide, with 7 or 8 in a whorl.
Location: Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: June 10, 2014