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Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' (wild indigo)

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight'

wild indigo

Elegant spikes of creamy yellow blooms grace tidy blue-green foliage in early summer. Long-blooming and tough, a dazzling addition to the native plant palette. A hybrid of B. sphaerocarpa and B. alba, found by Rob Gardener of NC Botanical Gardens.

SIZE
Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
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Height

3 Feet

Spacing

24-36 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

wild indigo Interesting Notes

This shrubby perennial is long-lived, vigorous, and easy to grow. Carolina Moonlight wild indigo produces soft buttery yellow, pea-like flowers that are borne in late May on 18” long spikes. These are displayed on 3-4’ tall plants with blue-green trifoliate foliage. The best flowering occurs in full sun with average to dry, well-drained soil. Combine Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' in the perennial border or meadow garden with Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’, Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’, Schizachyrium scopariumPanicum virgatumAsclepias incarnataRudbeckia fulgida, and Liatris spicata. - Mt. Cuba Center

The genus name comes from the Greek word "bapto" which means "to dye" because some of the darker flowered species were used as dyes.

Good Substitutions

wild indigo Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screaming Yellow'
wild indigo Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'
false blue indigo Baptisia australis

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Vegetative