Size: To 3' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Grey-green leaves, clover-like, trifoliate. Yellow flowers on tall stems in late spring to early summer. Trim after bloom to keep a rounded shape. This eliminates the seedpods which may be considered ornamental. The seedpods turn black when ripe and the seeds rattle inside.
Published in Hortus Kew. (W.T. Aiton), ed. 2. 3: 6 in 1811.
Basionym Sophora tinctoria L.
Native to eastern Canada, astern and central US.
- Baptisia alba (L.) Vent.
- Baptisia arachnifera W.H.Duncan
- Baptisia australis (L.) R.Br.
- Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'
- Baptisia perfoliata (L.) R.Br.
- Baptisia x 'Purple Smoke'
- Baptisia simplicifolia Croom
- Baptisia sphaerocarpa Nutt.
I purchased a 1-quart plant at the Athens Botanical Garden in Aprll 2014 and planted it in the Golf Course Hedge. It evaporated almost immediately.