Mountain Thermopsis
Golden Pea

Thermopsis montana  Nutt.

It is a  is a perennial from 1-4 feet in height, terminating in a log raceme of golden-yellow flowers.  Leaves are compound, trifoilate, with the leaflets linear-elliptic to broadly ovate-elliptic in shape. The flowers are yellow, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, borne in small to long racemes. Five to fifty flowers may make up the inflorescence. The pods are erect to somewhat spreading, straight, somewhat hairy and two to five seeded. They occur in in patches being spread by under ground stems.  The plant varies in hairiness overall, from nearly glabrous to densely pubescent. Flowering occurs from the latter part of April through June. Golden Pea is found on sandy, well-drained soil to wet meadows.  It grows throughout the Intermountain area.

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