Thermopsis villosa

Carolina Lupine or Blue-Ridge Buckbean

Photo courtesy of Prides Corner Farms

  • Tall yellow spike flowers
  • Flowers resemble common lupine
  • Blooms late May and June
  • Grey-green foliage
  • Native pollinator magnet
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in wildflower gardens, meadows, borders or cutting gardens

Thrives in full sun and in average to well drained soil

Tolerant of heat and drought once established

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Price Level 1: $19.99~#1
Bloom Color: Yellow
Zone: 4-8

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Native
  • Garden
  • Low Maintenance

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Gray

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Hummingbirds