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Carolina Moonlight False Indigo

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight'

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Carolina Moonlight False Indigo (Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' flowers

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' flowers

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  False Indigo

Description:

Spectacular spikes of buttery yellow pea-flowers rise from blue-green foliage in early summer; use this plant for its outstanding display of vertical flowers as an accent in the garden

Ornamental Features

Carolina Moonlight False Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of buttery yellow pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its oval leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruits are showy black pods displayed in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Carolina Moonlight False Indigo is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Carolina Moonlight False Indigo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Carolina Moonlight False Indigo will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features