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Baptisia alba - White Wild Indigo

 Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay, Gravely 

Height: 3-4 feet

Spread: 2-3 feet

Blooms: June, July

Root: Taproot

Habitat: Prairies, Thickets, Edges of marshes, Borders of lakes, Limestone glades, Dry clay hills

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Deer resistant 

Complimentary plants: Pale Purple Coneflower, Junegrass, Black-eyed Susan

Wildlife Value: Queen bumblebees are the primary pollinators of the flowers, where they feed on nectar primarily. Birds eat the seeds. Host Plant: Wild Indigo Duskywing Skipper,  Orange Sulphur Butterfly, Frosted Elfin Butterfly (extirpated)

Seed Origin: Winona, MN (Prairie Moon seed supplier)

Germination Code: C(10)


Photo credits: #1 by Eric Hunt  #2 by BlueCanoe, #3 by BlueCanoe

Baptisia alba - White Wild Indigo

Comming Soon
  • White Wild Indigo takes a few years to develop its strong taproot. Young plants may have floppy stems, but each subsequent growing season adds larger stems and flowers to this long lived plant. 

    White Wild Indigo sends up shoots in the spring that ressemble asparagus. Once established, this plant is a quick grower in the spring and has lovely closed white blooms that attract bumblebees - who are strong enough to push through to the pollen. This plant is also quite interesting later in the season, for after the first frost the entire plant turns black - adding a great contrast to the copper colours of Little Bluestem and the yellows of the remaining Goldenrods and Sunflowers. 

    This plant is not native to Ontario, but a near native. Its range extends in the North Eastern United States, which borders Ontario.

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