Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’

yellow wild indigo

Outstanding Qualities

This unusual yellow flowered form of an often blue flowered perennial makes a show of butter yellow lupine-like flowers in early summer. The bright flower spikes sit on top of a bushy mass of grey-green foliage. It is easy to grow and will thrive with little maintenance and is very long-lived and drought tolerant once established

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Digitalis ferruginea, Cynara cardunculus, Chionochloa rubra, Caryopteris incana ‘Jason’ SUNSHINE BLUE®, Cotoneaster glaucophyllus hort.

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, blue

Great Color Partners: silver, yellow, purple

Culture Notes

Yellow indigo grows best in full sun with well-drained soil and is tolerant of sandy and clay situations. Rich organic soils and heavy fertilizing can make it floppy and growing it in lean and poor soils will produce a more compact plant. Once established it is drought tolerant. This is a very easy perennial with almost no health issues, but it is slow growing and resents being disturbed so provide with plenty of room in the garden.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established