Plant ID forum: What is this common plant?

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toa514
Aug 17, 2016 1:32 PM CST
Hello all,

Been wanting to find a good plant identification resource for a while, found this forum and you folks seem friendly.

I apologize if this one is too easy, but with my lack of plant knowledge, 30 minutes of googling could not find a definitive answer.

This was a photo taken 2 weeks ago (July 2016) at about 9,000ft elevation in Yosemite National Park(eastern CA). These purple flowers were very common, and from google results it appears to be some kind of Lupine? Is there a subspecies that is endemic to the Sierras?


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Silversurfer
Aug 17, 2016 1:37 PM CST
Looks like Lupinus perennis.

https://www.google.co.uk/searc...

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/libr...
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sooby
Aug 17, 2016 2:07 PM CST
There's also this one in that area, Lupinus albifrons.

http://calscape.org/Lupinus-al...

Sorry, the direct link won't work so you'd need to navigate to it from the page it goes to.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 17, 2016 2:14 PM CST
Welcome, toa514 and Silversurfer. Smiling
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Gorgeous photograph.
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terrafirma
Aug 17, 2016 2:25 PM CST
Welcome! toa514, and Silversurfer!

I agree And may I also add... Drooling What a gorgeous view! Great picture, toa514!
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ctcarol
Aug 17, 2016 2:36 PM CST
Great shot! Lovey dubby

toa514
Aug 17, 2016 4:41 PM CST
Thank you so much guys! For the compliment and for the quick ID. I'll leave this photo here, since people do enjoy nice scenery. My favorite of the day about an hr before. I'll definitely be back to ask for ID and to learn more for you all.
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wildflowers
Aug 17, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Such gorgeous images! Thumbs up I'm pretty sure those are native lupines in the first photo that you are trying to ID. Harder to tell from the second photo, although it is so very beautiful. Smiling
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ctcarol
Aug 17, 2016 6:26 PM CST
There are a few nice things about California. This is one of them. With all our downsides, we do have some beautiful scenery here and there.
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DaisyI
Aug 18, 2016 12:46 AM CST
I'm not sure which Lupine you have. They are funny plants with specific ones growing in specific areas and altiudes. There are at least 10 native to the high country (not all blue).

The pink flowers in your second photo are Purple Mountain Heather, Phyllodoce breweri, a California native that is endemic to California.

Nice photographs. Lovey dubby
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Philipwonel
Aug 26, 2016 2:18 PM CST
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I don't know where y'all live ! But i though maybe yould enjoy this pic. it's just above Redinger lake bout 1500 ft elevation. Redinger is the 1st lake above Millerton lake on the San Joaquin river.Millerton is 20 miles outside of Fresno.
Great pics. U took. U a PROFESSIONAL? It would b nice and helpfull in future to know where u live and u hardiness zone !
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terrafirma
Aug 26, 2016 7:07 PM CST
Beautiful scenery! Thank You!
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DaisyI
Aug 26, 2016 10:03 PM CST
In this case, it doesn't matter where toa514 lives because his photos are from Yosemite. I believe that is Cathedral Peak in the background of his second photo.
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