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.

T. chinensis. CHINESE BUSH PEA. Native to China. Grows 2 ft. high, 112 ft. wide, with 8-in. flower spikes.

T. villosa (T. caroliniana). CAROLINA BUSH PEA. Native to the Carolinas and Georgia. To 34 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide, with 10-in. flower clusters. More heat tolerant than T. chinensis.

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