Thermopsis chinensis 'Sunrise'
Chinese bush pea
Thermopsis chinensis is a star of the early spring garden emerging at the same time as daffodils and tulips, so it's very odd that this rather delightful plant is rarely known and seldom grown.
Thermompsis are native wild flowers of North America and eastern Asia.
They are fully hardy coping down to -20°C or so in habitats with severe climates such as the Rocky Mountains and Siberia.
Plants are easy to grow in average, dry-to-medium, well-drained soils in full sun.
T. chinensis, has attractive greyish purple buds and soft yellow spires of lupin-like flowers that are tough enough to survive frost.
While generally early to flower the foliage remains an attractive feature in the border for some months.
Can be slow to establish so have patience.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Well drained, fertile, dry
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