BAPTISIA TINCTORIA (yellow wild indigo) Single Plants
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This offering is for single plants of this variety of our perennial collection. These are growing in 2 inch containers.

BAPTISIA TINCTORIA (yellow wild indigo): well-branched 2’ perennial legume of dry, sterile, sandy soils.  Bright yellow flowers in summer.  1-3’. Zones 3 to 9. 


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants form slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. Difficult to grow from seed and slow to establish. Plants take on more of a shrubby appearance and tend to open up after bloom. Light trimming or shearing foliage after bloom helps maintain rounded plant appearance and obviates any need for support, but eliminates the developing seed pods.

Noteworthy Characteristics

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. It features small, bright yellow to cream, pea-like flowers (to 1/2" long) in numerous, sparsely-flowered clusters (terminal racemes to 4-5") on stems extending above a foliage mound of stalkless, clover-like, trifoliate, gray-green leaves (leaflets to 1" long). Blooms in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe and have some ornamental interest. Seeds rattle around in the pods when ripe, thus giving rise to the sometimes common name of rattleweed for this species. Used by early Americans as a substitute, albeit an inferior one, for true indigo (genus Indigofera) in making dyes.

  • Item #: GSP-BaptisiaTinctoria42521

BAPTISIA TINCTORIA (yellow wild indigo) Single Plants

Price: $5.16
Sale Price: $2.58
Availability: Out-of-Stock