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|Minimum cold hardiness:
||Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
||36 to 60 inches
||24 to 36 inches
||Unusual foliage color
Late spring or early summer
Suitable for wintersowing
|Propagation: Other methods:
||Not suitable for containers
- White Wild indigo
- False Indigo
- White False Indigo
- Accepted: Baptisia alba
- Synonym: Baptisia albescens
Posted by SongofJoy
(Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 11:35 AM concerning plant:
White False Indigo works well as a summertime hedge or as a group of plants toward the rear of the garden. Spikes of rich white pea-like flowers rise above bluish-green foliage in early summer. The upper parts of the spikes and the bracts holding the flowers are charcoal gray, so the color combination is beautiful. The plant needs average moisture. It resents being disturbed so plant it where it can remain for years. Flowers can be used as unusual fresh cut flowers. (Sunlight Gardens)
Posted by jmorth
(central Illinois) on Sep 23, 2013 5:52 PM concerning plant:
An occasional to common wildflower in Illinois found in prairies, streamsides, fields, pastures, and along roadsides. Deep rooted, able to survive even after native prairie destroyed.
Used by native Americans and early settlers (tea for internal cleansing, externally as a skin wound dressing).
black seed pods used as rattler toys.
Can be poisonous if ingested in large quantities by cattle.
Flowers are showy and white w/ structure of other flowers typical in the pea family. Flowering stems emerge above the leaves. Alternate leaves are divided into 3 leaflets. Leaves turn black when dead.
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||On February 12, 2017
||On May 22, 2020
Put five plants in the East bed.
||On May 22, 2020
Acquired five plants from Mother Earth Gardens in northeast Minneapolis, MN.
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