Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)
    Legume Family
    This is one of the last of the Baptisia sp. to bloom in late spring. The bright yellow flowers contrast with silver-green foliage that holds up nicely and provides texture in the garden long after blooming. Baptisias are slow to take off because the first few years they put much of their resources into growing deep roots. After year 3, they should be nicely settled and will be quite unhappy about being transplanted. Grows best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Can handle the tough, dry spots in the garden.
    Blooms: Yellow, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Silver-green, compound, trifoilate
    Soil: Average-Moist-Dry, tolerates poor soil
    Exposure: Full sun 
    Fauna: Host to several butterflies, moths, and skippers
    Seeds: Inflated bean pods turn black for great winter interest
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common across the state
    Provenance: NC, seed grown