Unit 74 (074)
1. Lupinus or Lupine
Lupines are poisonous to cattle and are a problem in the western United States. They
contain poisonous alkaloids in the seeds.
The plants grow 3 to 4 ft. tall and the leaves are palmately compound and divided into
8 to 16 lanceolate leaflets. The flowers are in showy spike like racemes that are up to 12 in. long.
2. Paeonia tenuifolia or Fringed Peony
The fringed peony is a 1 to 2 ft. herbaceous perennial with dissected fern like leaves
and showy red flowers. The flowers look like they are floating above the fine leaves
3. Aquilegia or Columbine
Columbines are 1 to 2 ft. plants with 5 showy petals that point upward and have
5 spurs with nectaries.
4. Dictamnus or Gas Plant
This Rutaceae or citrus family plant has a strong odor to the crushed foliage. It’s
common name refers to the fact that if you light a match under the flowers, you can
sometimes ignite the volatile oil in the flowers.