Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, average, poor, loam, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green, gray-green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, medicinal, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, poisonous, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Baptisia tinctoriaAlso known as:
yellow wild indigo,
Rising up to 4 feet, the yellow wild indigo is a shrubby, attractive plant with and gray-green, clover-like leaves. The yellow pea-like flowers appear on terminal spikes and resemble those of the lupine. Flowers give way to attractive, roundish seed pods.
Growing naturally in prairies and dry, open woodlands of the eastern United States, Baptisia tinctoria is a good choice for dry, poor, well drained areas of the garden. It does best in full sun but will tolerate light shade.Bloom times are from May through September. Zones 4-8
Propagate from seed in fall. It can be divided, but due to its deep root system, it prefers not to be disturbed.
The name "Baptisia" comes from Greek meaning "to dye". It has been used as a cheap dyeing alternative to true indigo. Although poisonous if ingested, its roots have been used as a purgative, emetic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It attracts butterflies, but is also a larval host for some species of moths.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: ME
- Threatened: KY
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