Not too far off from the Grenadier Café, you wander into an area in High Park where the soil is sandy and the grasses are tall. The large Oak trees are spaced out in a way that allows a perfect amount of sunlight to come down and touch the ground. You look around you and start to notice different shades of purple. The Wild Blue Lupines are blooming!
Wild Blue Lupine flowers are a late-spring/early-summer High Park favourite. Other than their beautiful purple colours, part of what makes them so special is that they tell a story of how so many things in nature are interconnected.
These wildflowers grow in a special habitat known as the Black Oak Savannah and are the ONLY host plant for the Karner Blue Butterfly. The Black Oak Savannah is a habitat that is rare and endangered in Ontario, and as such, it has become more difficult to find these Wild Blue Lupines. Because of that, the Karner Blue Butterfly has not been seen in Ontario since 2009!
High Park is one of the few places in Ontario with remnants of the Black Oak Savannah and many different groups of people have been, and are still, working together to restore this unique habitat by replanting Wild Lupines, as well as other savannah plants. Maybe in the future, High Park and, even the rest of Ontario, will be full of beautiful wildflower fields and we'll see the Karner Blue Butterfly fluttering-by once again.
Keep and eye out for Wild Blue Lupines on your next High Park visit!