Close up of Baptisia tinctoria (Small Yellow Wild Indigo) seed pods.

Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Wild Indigo) Unity Grown

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Baptisia tinctoria, commonly referred to as yellow wild indigo or horseflyweed, is a small, native perennial wildflower that yields small, vibrant yellow flowers from May to June which are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. These flowers transition to striking black seed pods in the late summer and fall, providing attractive interest and persisting through winter; winter seed presence makes yellow wild indigo especially valuable to the birds that feed on its seedpods.

Well adapted to dry conditions and tolerant of poor soils, Baptisia tinctoria is a hardy species, but is not recommended for transplantation after establishment due to the presence of a deep taproot. At maturity, yellow wild indigo typically reaches about two feet tall, and prefers acidic, sandy loams and full sun conditions.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Wide Tolerance and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic, Sand, Loam, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Birds, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Winter Interest, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Salt Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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