Name: B. alba Var. macrophylla, Baptisia lactea, B. leucant
Common Name: White False Indigo,
White Wild Indigo
Zone: to zone 4 to 9
Light: Full Sun to Partial
Soil Moisture: Medium to
Soil Types: Sand, Loam,
Fertility: poor to rich
pH: 5.0 Ð 6.5 does not like
Bloom Time: May to June,
lasts for up to month
Habit: Develops into a long lived,
large bush like and deep rooted perennial. Is a little slow to flower when
grown from seed or plugs taking a few years to bloom. White pea like flowers on 4 ft tall flower spikes in early spring. Flowers develop into
2Ó long seed pods filled with numerous hard seeds. It is easy to propagate from
Plant in mesic to moist well drained soils or use as a specimen plant in the garden.
Can tolerate a range of growing conditions except wet poorly drained soils.
Grows naturally in prairie,
savannas, oak openings and open woodland.
Native to large areas of the mid-west, coastal plains states and
south. Not native to NYS but has
naturalized in some areas.