Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Carolina Bush Pea (Thermopsis villosa)
    Legume Family
    Foot long spikes of deep yellow flowers bloom in late spring and are followed by numerous brown, fuzzy, bean-like seed pods. Bushy, trifoliate leaves are a deep blue-green and provide great texture for the garden. This is a great accent plant–one is usually enough due to its large size and dramatic showing. Deep tap roots make it highly drought resistant, but also resistant to transplanting, so site it well the first time. Will grow in a wide range of soil types. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Too much shade will promote leaning and flopping.
    Blooms: Yellow, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Blue-green, 2-3”, trifoliate
    Height: 4-5’ 
    Space: 3-4’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun- Part sun
    Fauna: Mostly bees, butterfly host plant
    Seeds: 1-2”, thin, hairy, pea like pods have small hard seeds inside
    Deer Resistance: Moderate
    Zone: 4-9
    Native Status: NC Native, uncommon in Mountains
    Provenance: unknown, seed grown