Beginning some time in June, roadsides around many Lake Superior shores blossom with lupine. The lavender, pink, white or rose flowers are not native to the region, but probably were introduced in the 1960s as an ornamental plant originally from the Pacific Northwest.
Lupine gets its name from the Latin word lupus for “wolf” and was once mistakenly thought to take nutrients from the soil, says David Schimpf, director of the Olga Lakela Herbarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Actually, these “legumes,” through their roots, enrich the soil.
The sun-loving lupine tends to sprout in recently cleared areas – such as under electrical power lines or along roadsides – and thrives in either acid- or alkaline-rich soils as long as there is adequate sun.
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Destination Duluth is a collaborative online resource dedicated to educating and inspiring the public about the beauty of Duluth, Minnesota, thereby shaping the City’s positive growth.
Co-founded in 2013 by resident Duluthians Branden Robinson, Christopher Swanson, and Tom Livingston, “Destination Duluth was created to fill the need of educating the public about the qualities of Duluth as a ‘destination for life,’” Livingston shares.
Robinson echoes this intent, adding, “We believe Duluth to be a world-class community, thanks to its natural, social and economic assets.”
Simply put, Destination Duluth is here to showcase all of the amazing things that make Duluth … well, Duluth. It’s a phenomenal place to live, and we want to share it with the world. Through a wealth of stories written by local residents and accompanied by amazing photography, we hope to inspire you to become a Duluthian yourself.