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Golden Candles (Thermopsis)

Thermopsis lupinoides
SKU: HC017768
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
A super cold hardy Old World native, Golden Candles (Thermopsis lupinoides) blooms with stunning bright yellow lupine-like flower spikes in mid-spring. It pairs beautifully with mid-spring daffodils and tulips, and after flowers fade, attractive foliage mounds will enhance your garden through summer. Easily grown and long-lived, Golden Candles delivers welcome early-season color after a long, cold winter. A 2020 Plant Select® Winner.
key features
Botanical Name
Thermopsis lupinoides
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Mature Spread
20-30" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


(24-36" tall x 20-30" wide) Thick clusters of bright yellow buds emerge at ground level, tapering into elegant yellow golden candle spires of showy bloom well into early summer. Attractive mounds of lupine-like foliage persist the rest of the summer. A robust, adaptable perennial for borders or xeriscapes providing cheerful color early in the season which everyone will enjoy, and provides important early season food for pollinators. This Russian native is extremely cold hardy and is an excellent choice for northern gardeners. Shear back to the ground every spring to make way for the new year's growth. Plant it with mid-spring blooming daffodils and tulips and blue groundcover Veronica (Speedwell). Suitable to elevations up to 5200 feet. Introduced by Plant Select® – waterwise, garden-tested plants proven to thrive in the high plains and intermountain west for more beauty, with less work.
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