We need your help tracking flower colour variation in lupine populations across PEI. In 2012, we hit the road to study wild lupines. We were interested in asking why purple flowered plants were more common than the other two colours, pink and white. We expected to find that purple flowers are more common because purple flowered plants make more seeds. In contrast, we found out that pink flowered plants make the most seeds. Now we want to figure out why this occurs. Why are pink plants making so many seeds, but not dominating the lupine populations? Among the many plant traits we are looking at this year, we wondered if the colour patterns we see today have always occurred (purple is always more common), or if in some years pink is more common. Your photos of the same lupine patch in more than one year, will help us answer this question.
Please contact Dr. Karen Samis (email@example.com) at the University of PEI if you have any questions about the project or website. Undergraduate students associated with the project are Rebecca MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Amanda Butler (email@example.com).