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Description for Baptisia tinctoria
Baptisia tinctoria commonly called wild indigo or yellow wild indigo, is an upright, smooth, shrubby perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall and occurs in open woods and fields from Maine to Florida and west to Minnesota.
Planting and care
Members of the Fabaceae or pea family, false indigo flowersâ€™ distinctive pea-like blossoms also come in white (Baptisia alba) and yellow (Baptisia tinctoria) as well as the more widely known blue (Baptisia australis
There are also several hybrid cultivars on the market today. Advertisement Native to the prairies of southern North America, Baptisia plants grow well in almost any well drained soil in USDA planting zones 5-9
Caring for Baptisia tinctoria
- Like many prairie plants, Baptisia takes some time to establish its deep root system before taking off, so the first of false indigos growing tips would be to have patience.
- It can take up to three years for your seeds or seedlings to produce flowers.
- The second of our false indigo growing tips would be to choose your site carefully. Once planted, Baptisia plants donâ€™t like to be moved.
Typical uses of Baptisia tinctoria
Special features: Cottage gardens, prairies, meadows and native plant gardens. Effective in naturalized settings. Best as a specimen or in small groups.
Culinary use: It can be taken internally as a mouthwash or used externally as an ointment.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Genus name comes from the Greek word bapto meaning to dye.
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