Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

White False Indigo

Baptisia alba
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

48 to
inches

Spread:

24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 48 to
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 48 to
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Borders, prairies, meadows and native plant gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun in well-drained soil. Tolerates drought and poor soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Upright spikes of creamy white pealike flowers appear in late spring over blue-gray foliage. Flowers are followed by interesting pods that can be used in dried arrangements. The plant form is shrublike. Takes a few years to establish but it is very long-lived. Host to Wild Indigo Duskywing.

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