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Thermopsis villosa or Carolina Lupine is an upright clumping perennial with bright green clover-like foliage.  In early summer, plants are topped by spires of buttery yellow pea-shaped flowers.  Plants thrive in sunny gardens with average well drained soils and are durable and long lived after establishment. Carolina Lupine ranges from Maine to Georgia and west to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Plants are indigenous to the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina but have been introduced into other states. This species is most likely to be found in woodland clearings, open meadows, prairies, road banks and disturbed fields.

Thermopsis caroliniana, Carolina Lupine

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