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BAPTISIA megacarpa

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Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

BAPTISIA megacarpa

Plant Common Name

Apalachicola Wild Indigo

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General Description

Handsomely clumping with upright to arching stems clothed in trifoliate leaves, Apalachicola wild indigo has pretty spikes of creamy flowers in mid-spring to early summer and plump black seeds thereafter. Fairly slow growing with a deep taproot, this rare and endangered species is native to a small pocket of the coastal plain in Florida, Alabama and Georgia in the southeastern United States.

The medium green leaves have three oval leaflets held across this more open, upright plant. Depending on severity of the winter, the emergent stems and leaves will produce a flower spike as early as mid-spring on tips of stems. Creamy white to palest yellow in color, the individual blossoms are pea-shaped and will be visited by bees and butterflies. The puffy seedpods that ensure are attractive and become chocolate to black in tone.

Grow this species in full sun to partial shade in an average sandy soil that has deep fertility and is acidic in pH. Tolerant of humidity, heat and drought, it looks its best with moisture while sprouting and in bloom. Although the seeds are the preferred way to propagate this species, some may opt to cut off spent flowers or shear the foliage to keep it looking tidy. Plant Apalachicola wild indigo where it is to grow. It resents root disturbance. Use this rare but pretty perennial in a sunny hillside mixed border, in a large rockery, mixed meadow or woodland clearing.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Chocolate, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies