Baptisia bracteata, Cream Wild Indigo


Historical Uses: The Pawnee tribe was reported to use pulverized seeds mixed with buffalo fat applied to the abdomen as a gastrointestinal aid for ailments such as colic. Special Notes: B. bracteata’s leaves are soft and fuzzy. The structure of B. bracteata is more shrub-like than the single stalk structure of B. alba. Additionally, the seed pods have a unique spine and point structure. Like many others in the Fabaceae family, also known as legumes, they harbor beneficial bacteria in their roots that aid in the fixation of atmospheric Nitrogen

  • Listing ID: 2971
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 1-3
  • Stratification: 10 days cold most stratification required; Scarification required
  • Bloom Time: May-June
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Part shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Baptisia bracteata
  • Common Name: Cream Wild Indigo
  • Eco-Region: 251, 255