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Yellow Wild Indigo*

Baptisia sphaerocarpa

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Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa) at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Yellow Wild Indigo flowers

Yellow Wild Indigo flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  False Indigo

Description:

Pretty yellow pea-shaped flowers are followed by attractive brown seed pods in summer, the pods are great in dried flower arrangements; hardy native plant has few pest problems and can be used in naturalized areas

Ornamental Features

Yellow Wild Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of yellow pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its round leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Wild Indigo is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yellow Wild Indigo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Yellow Wild Indigo will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features


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