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Baptisia tinctoria

Small yellow wild indigo is an excellent plant for the home landscape. The sturdy shrub-like stems produce multitudes of cream-yellow flowers in the late spring, and once established in the garden can handle fairly harsh conditions.


Like it’s cousin B. australis, B. tinctoria works well as a background planting that bridges the seasons well. While it can be a bit fussy to get started, you will help make a difference for a certain butterfly that is a species of concern in Massachusetts. The Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus) lays its eggs solely on B. tinctoria, and it feeds on Bearberry nectar (Archtostaphylos uva-ursi) as well as other spring wildflowers as an adult.


Fun Fact: Baptisia tinctoria has a wide variety of homeopathic uses, and is historically used as a highly effective treatment for Typhoid fever!

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photos courtesy of Dan Wilder

Baptisia tinctoria (Small yellow wild indigo)

  • details


    1/2 quart pot


    herbaceous perennial

    sun needs:

    full sun, part sun/part shade

    water needs: dry to moist
    height: 2'
    plant spacing: 2' distance
    bloom time:

    June, July, August

    bloom color: yellow
  • special notes

    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)
    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.