Blue-violet patches of large-leaved lupines are blooming along Minnesota Highway 61 in Lake County.

According to, this invasive plant blooms from May to July and grows 2-4 feet tall. Wild lupines are native to southeast and east-central Minnesota, but large-leaved lupines were introduced to the state by gardeners and were intentionally planted along roadsides, especially along the North Shore., and is spreading.

New Zealand and Iceland have had similar introductions of the plant, with similar results.

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