Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1509

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare, endemic to the southern Blue Ridge (elsewhere escaped from cultivation)

Look for it in floodplains, mesic disturbed areas, woodland edges, roadbanks. It is generally found in disturbed sites, its natural habitat somewhat of a mystery, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate persistent calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-10-001:
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Aaron's Rod, Blue Ridge Golden-banner, Hairy Bush Pea


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image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm110402_366

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm0305t_01

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

A more erect and unbranched plant than our other 2 species, per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm160516_739

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm160610_981

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

image of Thermopsis villosa

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvillosa_lvl

June    Avery County    NC

May grow to 3' or more in height, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

image of Thermopsis villosa

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvillosa_lvl4

June    Avery County    NC

Rachis and calyx tawny-tomentose, pedicels strongly ascendent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Thermopsis villosa

Sam Pratt    sbp_image8

June    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm080726_134

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm080726_137

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Legumes closely pressed against the rachis, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Thermopsis villosa

JK Marlow    jkm150827_975

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves have conspicuous ovate stipules, 2" long, with clasping basal lobes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.