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Thermopsis villosa

Carolina Bushpea
Thermopsis villosa
Thermopsis villosa

A striking variety with attractive foliage producing large lupine-like flower spikes that tower over the plant; very adaptable to rich garden soils; water during drought conditions

Ornamental Features

Carolina Bushpea has masses of beautiful spikes of lemon yellow pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its oval compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Planting & Growing

Carolina Bushpea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

Light Requirement:


Cold Hardy to Zone:



Soil pH:

Soil Type

Fall Color

Deer Resistance:

full sun to partial shade







3 feet




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