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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Bigleaf Lupine (Large-Leaved Lupine, Garden Lupine) (Lupinus polyphyllus): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 5, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Not far from the Sundial Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) that I found just over a week ago, there was a large clump of Bigleaf Lupine. I was very surprised to find it here because according to the USDA Plant Database Advanced Search it is only found North in Coos County and Southwest in Cheshire County. But I found a lot of it in South Central New Hampshire (Merrimack County). Maybe it escaped from cultivation.

Notice that the number of palmately-divided leaflets can be as many as 11-17 while the Sundial Lupine will only have 7-11 leaflets. Also, notice that the leaflets are much larger and have pointier tips.