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A Yellow Baptisia'

A Yellow Baptisia'

Yellow Baptisia

Noted for its exuberant yellow flowers, Baptisia sphaerocarpa (Yellow Wild Indigo) is an upright perennial with a long season of interest. In spring to early summer, this southern United States native bears long spikes of pea-shaped, brilliant yellow flowers, resembling Lupines. They last for about three weeks and attract butterflies and bees. When the flowers fade away, the lovely blue-green, trifoliate leaves remain neat and form a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden. If left untrimmed, the plant forms interesting inflated seedpods turning tan to brown in the fall. They often remain attached to the naked winter stems and are valued additions to dried flower arrangements. Looking good with almost everything, Yellow Wild Indigo is a striking specimen for the small garden where an easy-to-grow, long-lived plant is desired.

Baptisia

Species of genus Baptisia are legumes. Most legume species harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots. Genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum can aid in the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen and improve long-term health of native plant communities. Inoculum is naturally-occurring in most soils and additional amendment is usually not needed. However, in low fertility soils it may be necessary. Genus-specific strains are available at prairiemoon.com/inoculum species of genus Baptisia are legumes. Most legume species harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots.Genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum can aid in the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen and improve long-term health of native plant communities. Inoculum is naturally-occurring in most soils and additional amendment is usually not needed. However, in low fertility soils it may be necessary.

Genus-specific strains are available at prairiemoon.When most Baptisias are done blooming, the Small Yellow Wild Indigo is in full flower, making it a great shrub-like perennial for a landscape setting. The small flowers produce just one seed per pod unlike other Indigos, which will produce many in each pod. Another common name in use: Yellow False Indigo. Baptisia tinctoria is one of the host plants of the Wild Indigo Duskywing skipper and the Clouded Sulphur butterfly.Yellow Wild Indigo is a shrubby perennial, and generally wider than it is tall. It is often overlooked in favor of larger Baptisias, but makes a wonderful addition to both flower beds and naturalistic plantings. A top-notch supporting player, it features numerous bright yellow pea-like flowers, arising on stems that extend just above a mound of clover-like foliage. The mounded foliage is loosely compact, and the overall texture provides a distinct compliment to a variety of other plants. After blooming the flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe, offering good late season interest. (Source: www.prairienursery.com)

 

 

 

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