What is it? Baptisia bracteate var. leucophaea, also known as cream wild indigo or cream false indigo, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the bean family.
Native to where? It is native to the central and eastern United States.
Hardiness Zone: Plants are hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
What does it look like? It is a compact, low-growing, mounded legume, with branches that cascade under the weight of its foot-long flower spikes. It has velvety leaves and attractive seed pods provide season long interest, as they turn black in the fall.
Bloom time: Plants bloom in May and June.
Growth Habit: Cream False Indigo is extremely long-lived, and individual plants can live for decades.
Growing Conditions: It prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, it tolerates hot and humid summers, poor soils and drought. Plants should be spaced 2 feet apart.
Environmental Benefits: An early bloomer, the flowers are essential for queen bumblebees emerging from their winter hibernation. It is a host plant for the Black-Spotted Prominent, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Hoary Edge, and Frosted Elfin butterflies. It is deer resistant.
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Cream Wild Indigo
Plant Pickup Day is Saturday, May 18 at Nanny Park, corner of 5th Street and Oak Street in Baraboo, from 9 am to 12 pm.