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‘Carolina Moonlight’ false indigo

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight'


This spectacular perennial hybrid has 18-inch-tall spires of buttery yellow flowers in late spring and beautiful blue-green foliage throughout summer. Tough, exceptionally drought tolerant, and extremely long-lived, it’s the southern substitute for the much sought-after lupine. ‘Carolina Moonlight’ has an adaptable, easy-to-grow nature and makes a great companion for other rugged plants such as ornamental grasses.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsButtery yellow flowers and bluish green foliage make this cultivar of our native false indigo a standout. It is very hardy and long-lived.

CareProvide full sun and most any soil. Foliage may be sheared or trimmed back after flowering to avoid the possibility of needing to stake the plant.

PropagationDivide plants in late fall or early spring. This cultivar does not come true from seed.

ProblemsNothing serious.

  • Genus : Baptisia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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