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Spiked White Wild Indigo Baptisia albescens

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Phonetic Spelling
bap-TEE-zee-uh al-BES-enz
Description

Found in dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, and roadsides.

This plant was selected as the 2011 NC Wildflower of the Year, a program managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden with some financial support from the Garden Club of North Carolina.

 

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#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#native perennials#disease resistant#NC native#pest resistant#deer resistant#long lifespan#pollinator plant#poor soils tolerant#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#partial shade tolerant#Audubon#erosion tolerant#NC Wildflower of the Year
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#native perennials#disease resistant#NC native#pest resistant#deer resistant#long lifespan#pollinator plant#poor soils tolerant#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#partial shade tolerant#Audubon#erosion tolerant#NC Wildflower of the Year
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Baptisia
    Species:
    albescens
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is a larval host for butterflies. It also attracts pollinators.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer damage; tolerates drought, poor soils, dry soil, and erosion
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Legume
    Fruit Description:
    Puffy bean pod. Yellowish-brown fruits display from July to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Irregular
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Description:
    White flowers bloom from May to July.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Insect Pests
    Poor Soil