Baptisia bracteata

Common name: Cream Wild Indigo

Native plant

Shrub-like in appearance, this plant is occassionally branched but has a very wide spread to its stems.  Racemes have such a large abundance of cream flowers that they sometimes sprawl across the ground.  It is an early bloomer, offering a food source to newly emerging bees in the spring, and it is very showy.  Its nectar is a great food source for many insects.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color

Cream Yellow

Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Nitrogen fixer

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