Baptisia tinctoria

Common name: Small Yellow Indigo

Native plant

With a neat, bush-like growth habit, this plant typically grows as wide as it does tall.  Its characteristics are a bit different than other Baptisia species.  Both the  leaves and flowers are much smaller, and instead of the tight clustered racemes, these flowers are sparsely arranged.  Although there are fewer flowers per raceme, the abundance of the racemes make this plant very showy.


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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

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



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

Additional information

Nitrogen fixer

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