Thermopsis villosa

Carolina Bushpea

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Here is an unusual perennial for the middle or rear of the flower bed. Plants attain 3 to 5 feet in height and a stiff upright aspect with elongate clover-like leaves. Dozens of bright yellow flowers resembling those of Lupine are arranged on the upper 1 or 2 feet of the flower spikes in May. These are followed by seed pods tightly pressed against the old flower stalks. Carolina Bushpea makes its natural home in forest clearings of the southern Appalachian Mountains, but when given rich soil, full sun, and moisture during dry spells in the summer, it is rewarding and easy to grow. It looks striking growing with Blue Star. It is always a focal point in the garden.



Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny, Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


full quart


36in or taller

Flower Color




Bloom Time

Late spring, Early summer



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8