Yellow Wild Indigo

Baptisia tinctoria

Yellow Wild Indigo is a shrubby perennial, and generally wider than it is tall. It is often overlooked in favor of larger Baptisias, but makes a wonderful addition to both flower beds and naturalistic plantings. A top-notch supporting player, it features …

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SKU
31590-03
Cultural Details
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 2' - 3'
Bloom Color Yellow
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 2' - 3'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Taproot

Yellow Wild Indigo is a shrubby perennial, and generally wider than it is tall. It is often overlooked in favor of larger Baptisias, but makes a wonderful addition to both flower beds and naturalistic plantings. A top-notch supporting player, it features numerous bright yellow pea-like flowers, arising on stems that extend just above a mound of clover-like foliage. The mounded foliage is loosely compact, and the overall texture provides a distinct compliment to a variety of other plants. After blooming the flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe, offering good late season interest.

Yellow Wild Indigo grows naturally in sandhills, and dry open woods and clearings with sandy acidic soil. The mounding clumps form slowly over time, to take on a shrubby appearance. Mature plants have a deep, extensive root systems and should not be disturbed once established.

The medicinal root is used as a cold remedy and more, but the plant itself is poisonous if ingested.

Planting and Cultivation Notes
Plants tend to “open up” after they bloom. Lightly trimming and shaping the foliage after bloom can help maintain the rounded appearance and eliminate need for late-season support, but will also eliminate the developing seed pods.