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Thermopsis villosa (Walter) Fernald & Schubert. Aaron's-rod, Blue Ridge Golden-banner. 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, FNA11.1, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, RAB, SE3, Tn, W, Chen, Mendenhall, & Turner (1994), Isely (1981), Isely (1998); = n/a – Pa, Tat; = Thermopsis caroliniana M.A.Curtis – S, S13

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Heliophily ?: 6

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Thermopsis villosa, Lake Winfield Scott area, Chattahoochee National Forest, Union County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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