Saturday, May 4, 2013


Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight'
This is commonly called False Indigo.  'Carolina Moonlight' has yellow sweet pea-like flowers on spikes up to 1 1/2 ft long in the late spring. It sometimes reblooms if faded flowers are removed.  Baptisia forms deep taproots which help them survive less than ideal planting situations.  Its taproot makes them difficult to move or divide once established.  It is a long-lived perennial which eventually forms a large clump with many flower spikes as you see by the top picture.

You can find this plant in our Mixed Border at the Arboretum.  If you look across the sidewalk to our Perennial Border you will find two more plants in the same family:
Baptisia pendula (a white blooming one) and Baptisia australis (indigo blue flowers - although now just in bud form).