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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Thermopsis villosa [= Thermopsis caroliniana]

Blue Ridge Golden-banner, Aaron's-rod, Carolina Lupine, Carolina Bushpea, Carolina False-lupine, Southern Lupine

Scientific Name:

Thermopsis villosa [= Thermopsis caroliniana]

Genus:

Thermopsis

Species Epithet:

villosa

Common Name:

Blue Ridge Golden-banner, Aaron's-rod, Carolina Lupine, Carolina Bushpea, Carolina False-lupine, Southern Lupine

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Floodplains, mesic disturbed areas, woodland edges, roadbanks. A Southern Blue Ridge endemic: w. NC and e. TN to n. GA, and escaped from cultivation more widely, as in w. VA, s. MD, c. TN, and WV probably representing escapes from cultivation.” Infrequent in the NC southern Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S?: Uncertain (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Notes:

NC Rank: S2?. Global Rank: G3?.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/thermopsis-villosa/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/thermopsis/villosa/



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