A vase-shaped legume that produces abundant creamy white flowers and is excellent for bumblebees.
Photo credit: Frank Mayfield, via Wikimedia Commons
Limited quantity available.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1.5-2.5 feet
Bloom Color: Cream White
Bloom Season: May – June
Suggested Uses: Similar to White Wild Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo is a beautiful plant that has creamy white flowers, an umbrella-like stature and does well in dry sandy and gravelly soils. It is also a great option for heavy clay soils. Stunning! Attracts native bees.
Native Range: Native to southeastern Minnesota.
Pollinators: Great plant for the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).
Flowers: The flowers are typical of the pea family.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate, then divide into 3 oblong leaflets on each petiole or leaf stem.
Medicinal Uses: Used to treat cuts and fevers. An ointment from pulverized seeds and buffalo fat was used to treat colic.
Other Information: Has been listed as Special Concern in Minnesota since 1984.
Other Names: Plains Wild Indigo
Name: The Greek word baptizein means “to dye”.
More information: USDA plant profile
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Dry Soil, Mesic Soil, Spring Blooming, Summer Blooming, Medium Height
Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Attract Bees, Clay Soil, Sandy Soil