BUSH PEA, FALSE LUPINE

FAMILY: Papilionaceae | GENUS: THERMOPSIS

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

These easy-to-grow perennials resemble lupines (Lupinus). Silvery leaves are divided into leaflets that spread like fingers on a hand; erect, spikelike clusters of sweet peashaped yellow flowers appear in spring. Because of their tendency to spread by under- ground rhizomes, they are best in informal or wild gardens. Need little care. Somewhat drought tolerant.

chinese bush pea

CAROLINA BUSH PEA

thermopsis chinensis

  • Native to China.
  • Grows 2 feet high, 112 feet wide, with 8 inches flower spikes.

thermopsis villosa(Thermopsis caroliniana)

  • Native to the Carolinas and Georgia.
  • To 34 feet tall, 2 feet wide, with 10 inches flower clusters.
  • More heat tolerant than Thermopsis chinensis.

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