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USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 15 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Thermopsis villosa

Carolina lupine

Thermopsis villosa is an upright, clump forming species that features erect, yellow lupine-like flowers over four foot blue-green foliage.

It does best in moist to dry soils in full sun; tolerates heat and drought.

Due to the long tap roots, it is best left alone once established. 


4 ft


2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:


Bloom Color:


Thermopsis villosa Characteristics


  • Full Sun

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry


  • Drought Tolerant

Flowering Months

  • July
  • June

Foliage Color

  • Blue-Green

Interesting Notes:

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