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This cheerful, easy-to-grow perennial tolerates a range of soil and light conditions, although full sun is best for blooming.  Bees and butterflies swarm this plant, which also is a larval host to the Wild Indigo Duskywing.


Yellow Wild Indigo tends to leaf out and become bushier after flowering -- showing off its distinctive and attractive blue-green foliage.  Flowers generally appear after two or three years of growing.


Yellow Wild Indigo is a great addition to a pollinator or butterfly garden.


2nd photo: Fritz Reynolds


Wild Indigo, Yellow

1 Quart
    • Latin: Baptisia tinctoria
    • Pollinator value: High
    • Height: 2-3 feet high and wide
    • Spacing: 2-3 feet
    • Light: Full to partial sun; best in full sun
    • Soil: Wet or dry, adaptable
    • Bloom: Yellow April-August
    • Foliage: Attractive, greenish-gray
    • Pair with: Wild Geranium, Blue Wild Indigo
    • Landscape: Native, meadow or pollinator garden
    • Resistance: Deer
    • More information and native range here
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