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Blue Ridge Golden-banner Thermopsis villosa

Previously known as:

  • Thermopsis caroliniana
Phonetic Spelling
ther-MOP-sis vil-OH-sah
Description

The tall spikes of Southern Lupine's bright yellow flowers are a beautiful sight in spring. Although native to the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia, these clump-forming plants perform beautifully in the Piedmont and coastal plain, where true Lupines don't grow well because of the heat. Cut the foliage back about a month after flowering.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#yellow#perennial#summer flowers#native garden#spring interest#native wildflower#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source summer#food source herbage#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#yellow#perennial#summer flowers#native garden#spring interest#native wildflower#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source summer#food source herbage#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thermopsis
    Species:
    villosa
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern United States
    Distribution:
    Dry open woods and along roadsides.
    Wildlife Value:
    Host for butterfly larvae.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from July to September
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Sweet-pea-like flowers in crowded, long and narrow erect clusters. Blooms from May to June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are divided into three elliptic to top-shaped leaflets; large leafy stipules at the base of the leafstalk; woolly-hairy plant; much-branched.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border