Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine

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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

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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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.