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False Indigo | Plant Profile

False Indigo (Baptisia alba) or White False Indigo are medium sized perennials that are native to drought prone locations of the American South. Tiny circular white flowers populate flower panicles or steeples. The flowers reach far above the body of the plant. The foliage is bushy with many medium green leaves. After flowering, seed pods appear that are brown or black and help to prolong the ornamental interest of False Indigo.

False Indigo prefers average fertility, dry to medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun is ideal. They can be tolerance of drought and poor fertility soils.

False Indigo are attractive in natural, prairie, or meadow settings. The flower panicles are attractive to butterflies and other beneficial insects. The seed pods can be cut at the base of the stem and be displayed in dried flower arrangements.


False Indigo Characteristics

False Indigo are attractive and low maintenance wildflowers. When left to naturalize, they slowly spread via their deep and sprawling root systems. Because of these complicated root systems, it is best to leave the plant undisturbed once established and do not try to transplant. They can become shrubby and somewhat untidy if not pruned after flowering. However, this will result in the removal of the attractive seed pods.

These hardy natural perennials have few serious disease or insect issues that can be life threatening.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
2.00 - 4.00'
2.00 - 2.50'
Bloom Time
April - May
Dry - Medium
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?