Thermopsis villosa (Walter) Fernald & Schubert. Phen: May-Jun; Jul-Sep. Hab: Floodplains, mesic disturbed areas, woodland edges, roadbanks. Dist: A Southern Blue Ridge endemic: w. NC and e. TN to n. GA, and escaped from cultivation more widely, as in w. VA, s. MD, c. TN, and WV representing escapes from cultivation.
ID notes: T. villosa is a more erect and unbranched plant than our other two species. It is generally found in disturbed sites, its natural habitat somewhat of a mystery.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = C, FNA, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, RAB, SE3, Tn, W, Chen, Mendenhall, & Turner (1994), Isely (1981), Isely (1998); = n/a – Pa; = Thermopsis caroliniana M.A.Curtis – S