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Thermopsis chinensis 'Sophia'


Thermopsis chinensis 'Sophia' is a lupin relative with canary yellow flowers blooming at the same time as tulips and daffodils.

Thermopsis chinensis 'Sophia' is a little-known lupin relative that is among the earliest of perennials to bloom in the full sun garden rubbing shoulders with tulips and daffodils. 'Sophia' is a compact selection forming dense blue-green mounds topped with soft canary yellow flowers. Thermopsis love full sun, average to dry soils and can withstand periods of drought. They are good early season nectar sources for bees and butterflies. Often called false lupin or compact pea bush.

Common Name: False Lupin

Family: Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-8

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Drought Tolerant, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Stream banks, roadsides, and waste places in China and Japan.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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