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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.


Image Source:

By Eric Hunt - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

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. 

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