White False Indigo Seed

 - Baptisia alba

Light: Full Sun, Partial
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Benefits: Pollinators, Host Plant
Height: 3'-5'
Blooms: Jun, Jul
Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Color: White
Spacing: 3'
Root: Taproot
1600 Seeds per Oz.
Seed Pricing

QuantityPrice Ea.
1 1/4 Oz $10.00
1 1/2 Oz $15.00
1 Oz $25.00
1 Lb $375.00

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All prairie plants are fabulous, of course, but White False Indigo is truly a marvel among plants. Baptisia lactea (or B. alba) begins its growth cycle in spring when a slender smokey-purple stem emerges from the ground looking like a dark colored asparagus shoot. By late June it has transformed into a six foot tall, startling beautiful, flowering perennial. Long architectural spikes bearing rows of white blooms arise from a base of gray/blue foliage - all elevated on sturdy forked stems.

Individual White False Indigo plants are very long-lived. Young transplants can take several (up to four) years of development before they are full grown and producing flowers. The plants have a deep taproot and will not respond well to being moved, so site them carefully. Mature plants can get quite large, with a leafy growth diameter up to four feet wide.

Baptisias support many pollinators, especially bumble bees, and is a larval host plant for several species of butterflies and moths.


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