Baptisia bracteata Creamy Wild Indigo Baptisia leucophaea
 (bap-TEEZ-ee-uh  )
long-bracted wild indigo
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Habitat Bloom
Period
Color Height
Inches
Moisture Plant
Spacing
Lifespan
Baptisia bracteata leucantha, cream indigo potted plant, Long-bracted Wild Indigo Sun, partial shade May to
June
Creamy Yellow
flowers,
black
seed pods
18 to 24 inches Dry to
Average
18-30 
Inches
Perennial

 seed pod photo     

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Baptisia bracteata is also known as Baptisia leucophaea, Cream Wild Indigo, & Long Bracted wild indigo.  Baptisia bracteata is a spectacular specimen in the flower garden. The  blue-green foliage resembles a small rounded bush. Drooping spikes of creamy yellow flowers bloom below the foliage in May or June and turn into large charcoal black seed pods in late summer that are used in flower arrangements. cream Wild Indigo has a deep taproot which permits it to withstand dry conditions and heat. It makes a nice backdrop in the perennial garden. 

Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea is a multipurpose plant that occurs naturally in limestone and dolomite glades, prairies and along roadsides in the Ozarks. Leguminosae (Pea Family) Papilionoideae

Cream Wild Indigo has a hard seed coat, germination will be improved after a pretreatment of scarification. Scrape the seed coats with a file, or rub the seeds  between 2 sheets of coarse sandpaper.  Baptisia seeds planted in fall/early winter should not need a pretreatment for spring germination.

The map below shows areas where native Baptisia bracteata plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over most of the Eastern US.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 8.

Baptisia bracteata
Wild Cream Indigo

Arkansas
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Jersey
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Wisconsin

State Distributional Map for BABRL2

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Baptisia bracteata Cream Wild Indigo, & Long Bracted wild indigo Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.