Thermopsis villosa (Walter) Fernald & B.G.Schub.

Carolina Lupine




Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Thermopsis

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 3 to 5' tall and 2 to 3' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Clumping upright perennial. Terminal spikes of yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Compound gray-green leaves. Seed pods are hairy.


Published in Rhodora 50: 201 in 1948.

Basionym Sophora villosa Walter.

Synonym Thermopsis caroliniana M.A.Curtis.

Native to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Goodness Grows in April 2014 and planted it in the Blue Bird Perennials garden. It slowly declined, although it did bloom. In May 2014 I potted it up and put it in the conservatory to try and save it.

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