Baptisia bracteata

Baptisia bracteata

A vase-shaped legume that produces abundant creamy white flowers and is excellent for bumblebees.

Photo credit: Frank Mayfield, via Wikimedia Commons

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Key Information:

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
*Salt tolerant*

More Details:

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.

Interesting Facts:

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

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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