Baptisia alba, White Wild Indigo

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Historical Uses:

The Choctaw were reported to use poultices of roots and leaves to reduce swelling.


A little difficult to grow from seed, B. alba makes a beautiful and ecologically significant addition to any prairie restoration or garden planting. This species is highly attractive to large bumble bees who can actually access the pollen hidden in the classic bean family petals.


  • Listing ID: 1100
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 2-3
  • Stratification: 10 days cold most stratification after scarification required
  • Bloom Time: June-August
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Prefers full sun
  • Latin Name: Baptisia alba
  • Common Name: White Wild Indigo
  • Eco-Region: 251