Cream False Indigo

Baptisia bracteata

Treasured for its gorgeous clusters of lush cream flowers, Cream False Indigo is a compact low-growing, mounded legume, with branches that cascade under the weight of its foot-long flower spikes.  The velvety leaves and attractive seed pods provide …

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SKU
31560-03 / 11560
Plants 3" Pots
1-4 $6.99 ea.
5-10 $5.99 ea.
11-31 $4.99 ea.
32+ $3.99 ea.
Seeds 1,700 seeds/oz
1/4 Oz $32.00
1/2 Oz $48.00
Oz $80.00
Lb $1,200.00
Cultural Details
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 1' - 2'
Bloom Color Cream
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 2'
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Root Type Taproot
Benefits Butterflies, Pollinators, Host Plant, Deer Resistant
Seeds per Oz 1700
Propagation Treatment Moist Stratification, Rhizobium, Scarification
Days to Moist Stratify 30 days
Direct Sowing Time Fall

Treasured for its gorgeous clusters of lush cream flowers, Cream False Indigo (Baptisia bracteata) is a compact low-growing, mounded legume, with branches that cascade under the weight of its foot-long flower spikes. The velvety leaves and attractive seed pods provide season long interest, as they turn black in the fall, lending a dramatic contrast to grasses in the autumn garden.

Cream False Indigo is extremely long-lived, and individual plants can live for decades. An early bloomer, the flowers are essential for queen bumblebees emerging from their winter hibernation. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, it tolerates hot and humid summers, poor soils and drought. The flowers will be showier on dry sites. This species can be damaged by strong winds. Other common names include Cream Wild Indigo and Longbract Wild Indigo.