Baptisia simplicifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

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.
Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhills and other upland open pinelands


Recommended Uses:Treat as a small shrub even though this is not woody or use as a background plant in a wildflower garden. 
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), 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.