Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’

yellow wild indigo

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

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

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: spring flowers, summer-fall seed pods

Wildlife Associations: bees

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.
Geek Notes
Carolina Moonlight is a cross between White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba), and the Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa). This hybrid wild indigo was selected at the North Carolina Botanical Garden by Curator of Native Plants Rob Gardner (deceased), who earlier selected and introduced the very popular Baptisia x "Purple Smoke."