Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine

Available Spring 2024


Thermopsis caroliniana, also called T. villosa and "False Lupine", is a native plant of the eastern United States. Its cheery sulfur-yellow, pea-shaped blooms appear on sturdy stems from May to June.

Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine is very similar is appearance and habit to Baptisia ("False Indigo"). It thrives in full sun and fertile, well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant once established. Mature False Lupine resents root disturbance, so site it carefully to avoid the need to transplant.

This sunny native would be very at home in cottage and pollinator gardens.


  • Common Names: False Lupine, Carolina Lupine, Blue-Ridge Buckbean
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Average
  • Height at Maturity: 48"
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Drought.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.