When early explorers came to North Central Washington, they reported seeing fields of camas flowers so thick and blue they looked like pools of water. Masses of lupine that are blooming in Leavenworth right now give the same effect, filling open spaces with saturated seas of purple blue blooms nearly 5 feet tall. The boldest of all lupine, the Broad Leaf Lupine grows in flat wetland areas and can easily be seen from the road on Ski Hill Drive.
Broad leaf lupines also grow happily in cultivated areas and make a stunning addition to any local yard with very little water and maintenance required. We planted one start a few years ago and the seeds from that first lupine have resown and volunteered, creating our very own mini field of blue. Plants can be purchased from Derby Canyon Natives in Peshastin.