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Baptisia tinctoria (Wild indigo)
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Baptisia tinctoria

Wild indigo

Numerous yellow flowers from late spring to summer
Small black seed pods add ornamental interest later in the season
Long-lived; takes up to 3 years to fully establish
Extremely drought tolerant
Excellent for erosion control
Improves the soil by fixing nitrogen

Baptisia tinctoria is the most widespread native wild indigo on the east coast.

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Height

2-3 ft

Spread

2-3 ft

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Wild indigo Interesting Notes

Baptisia tinctoria has high ecological value, attracting a wide diversity of pollinators such as Io moth.  A great addition to cottage gardens, native plant gardens, meadows and prairies.  Also a tough selection for the urban landscape.

Native Distribution

Baptisia tinctoria Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in dry to average, well-drained soils and best in full sun.  Tolerant of drought and poor soils, Baptisia tinctoria forms deep, extensive root systems, making it excellent for erosion control.  Prefers lower pH soils but will tolerate slightly elevated pH levels.  Emerges relatively late due to its C4 metabolism.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Average
Average
Dry
Dry

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Slow
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Attributes
Meadow
Native to Northeast
Dry Sun
Native to US
Propagation Type
Open pollinated