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|Size:||1.5 to 3 ft tall.|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Flower Color:||Pale yellow, greenish yellow|
|Fruit Color:||Black, woody pods|
|Phenology:||Winter dormant. Plant dries and breaks off becoming a tumbleweed.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Treat as a small shrub even though this is not woody or use as a background plant in a wildflower garden.|
|Considerations:||Toxic to livestock and humans.|
|Propagation:||Seed (scarification may be beneficial but not required).|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Humus (organic, upland), Sand|
|Soil pH:||Acidic to circum-neutral|
Deer and rabbits browse the foliage, and as a legume it provides nutritious, protein-rich food.
Larval host for wild indigo duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) and Zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) butterflies.
Pollinated by bumble bees.
|Native Habitats:||Flatwoods, sandhills and other upland open pinelands|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
This plant is a legume and its roots have nitrogen-fixing nodules on them. It is useful on nutrient poor soils.
Baptisia simplicifolia is a Florida endemic and is listed as Threatened by the FDACS.