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Baptisia minor

Dwarf Wild Indigo

Dwarf Wild Indigo has all the attributes of False Indigo but it is half the size. Deep blue flowers bloom above the foliage on 3’ stems. Attractive charcoal seedpods form after the flowers and may be used in dried flower arrangements. The compact size of this Baptisia means it will fit in nearly every garden. Baptisia takes some time to get established so have patience. They are worth the wait. Wild Indigo is a native host plant for the following butterflies - Wild Indigo Duskywing, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Frosted Elfin, Hoary Edge.

 

 

Benefits

Drought tolerant and easy to grow
Provides nectar for butterflies
Host plant for a variety of butterflies
Stunning flowers and attractive seedpods
Provides cover for wildlife

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants form slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established.


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Found in limestone glades and prairies from Illinois west to Nebraska and south to Texas.

Native Trivia

The name Baptisia is from the Greek word 'baptizein' meaning to dye. In the past, some species were used as a substitute for the true indigo dye making this not only a beautiful plant but also one with use in the home.


"Me and my butterfly friends find this late spring flowers irresistible!"

Good Companions
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Natasha Summer Phlox (Phlox maculata), Tall White Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Native to
Arkansas
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Missouri
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Texas