Baptisia is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials growing mainly in dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.


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About Carolina vanilla

Foliage may be cut back after flowering to form compact bushy plants which remain attractive for the remainder of the growing season without staking, however the showy seed pods will be lost if this is done. Plants usually take 3 years to establish, but are of easy culture thereafter.

Carolina Moonlight is an upright perennial (B. sphaerocarpa x B.alba) that typically grows to 3-4 foot tall. It features a spectacular spring bloom of butter yellow, lupine-like flowers in erect racemes (to 18inch) atop flower spikes extending well above the foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves (leaflets to 2 inch long).

On species plants, spent flowers give way to inflated seed pods (to 2.5inch long) which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. It is unknown at this time what kind of seed development will occur with the hybrid Carolina Moonlight.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Baptisia Carolina Moonlight
Maximum Reachable Height 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Flower Colour Yellow
Bloom Time May to June
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

You ll want to keep the top layer of the potting mix damp, however, you don t want the entire pot to be soaked. You ll also need to lightly mist the entire plant daily or every other day.

You can grow a vanilla bean plant at home. However, it won t bloom in low light conditions. If your plant doesn t bloom, it won t develop vanilla bean pods.

Carolina vanilla care

You ll need to purchase a vanilla bean plant from a reputable grower. As a vanilla plant takes 3-5 years to bloom, it doesn t make sense to try to start a plant from seed. You can do an online search for “vanilla bean plants” or “vanilla orchids.” Or visit a local orchid grower, if there is one in your area.

Hopefully you were able to purchase a healthy vanilla bean plant that is 3-5 years old. Depending on its size, you ll want to transplant it into a more permanent pot.

Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the pot your plant arrived in. You can also use a pot that is up to two times the original pot size. However, try not to use a pot much larger than your vanilla bean plant.

Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Dry to medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 75F
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Carolina vanilla special feature

Borders, cottage gardens, prairies and meadows. Effective in naturalized settings. Best as a specimen or in small groups.

Carolina vanilla uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • Unverified information This plant is extremely poisonous
  • The berries, when properly prepared, have been used as diuretics, antispasmodics, anodynes; and according to the U
  • Dispensatory, they have also been used in a treatment for epilepsy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Carolina vanilla ?

Carolina vanilla is commonly known as Baptisia Carolina Moonlight

How tall do Carolina vanilla grow?

On average Carolina vanilla grows 3.00 to 4.00 feet

What color are Carolina vanilla ?

A Carolina vanilla plant bears flowers of color Yellow

When Carolina vanilla blooms?

With enough light, Carolina vanilla may produce Yellow flowers in May to June

How hard is Carolina vanilla to grow?

A Carolina vanilla is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Carolina vanilla need?

A Carolina vanilla prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Carolina vanilla need?

A Carolina vanilla prefers watering Dry to medium

What kind of soil does a Carolina vanilla need?

A Carolina vanilla prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Carolina vanilla like?

A Carolina vanilla prefers 75F

How often should I fertilize my Carolina vanilla ?

To encourage Carolina vanilla growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

plant was delivered in excellent condition there was no damage .

Sangeeta Chaudhry

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