Baptisia alba

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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White Wild Indigo

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-5 ft tall by 2-4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Green,black
Phenology:Winter dormant. Flowers March-May.


Recommended Uses:Treat as a small shrub or use as a background plant in a wildflower garden. Can make a nice but tall border plant. Its flowers are more visible if planted against something that gives them contrast such as a dark fence. Assets  include its long racemes of white flowers and its leafy, rounded foliage.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



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.