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MOUNTAIN GOLDEN BANNER - Thermopsis montana

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Copyright:Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com

IDENTIFICATION
Common Name: MOUNTAIN GOLDEN BANNER
Scientific Name: Thermopsis montana
Family: Pea - Fabaceae
Species Characteristics: pods stiffly erect, straight, pubescent.
Mature Height: 3 feet.
Flower Color: yellow
Flower Size: 1 inch.
Flower Symmetry: bilateral
Fruit Type: legume (dry fruit derived from a single carpel - female organ - that opens on two sides).
Leaf Type: compound (divided into 2 or more similar parts), trifoliolate (divided into 3 leaflets).
ECOLOGY
Origin: native
Frequency: widespread
Growth Form: herbaceous
Life Cycle: perennial
Class: angiosperm (plant with covered seed).
SubClass: dicot (plants with two seed leaves and netted leaf veins).
Life Zone: montane/subalpine.
Habitat: wet mountain meadows at 6,000 to 9,500 feet elevation.
Eco. Relationships: attracts butterflies, including those in the gossamer wing family.

WEED MANAGEMENT

LANDSCAPING
Landscaping Use: mass planting, butterfly planting.
Moisture Requirement: moderate
Light Requirement: sun to shade.
Soil Requirement: moist

HUMAN CONNECTIONS
Other Uses: Native Americans used this plant medicinally.

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