CHARLOTTETOWN – As Prince Edward Island’s iconic lupine flowers burst into blooms of pink, purple, and white, snap a photo and send it to researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Karen Samis, assistant professor of biology, is using photos from the public to help answer questions about genetic diversity and distribution – and why it is that purple flowers are much more abundant than white or pink.
Dig into your photo archive for images of lupine flowers, then visit upei.ca/lupine. Upload your photo and describe approximately where and when you took it. The site is mobile friendly and allows contributors to send images right from their phone.
Anecdotal evidence says purple lupines were the first to arrive on Prince Edward Island, with other colours coming after. Contributions to this project can help answer questions about genetic diversity and distribution.
For more information, or to submit photos, visit upei.ca/lupine