Yellow false indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa) produces bushy, 3- to 4-foot-tall and -wide mounds of light green to grayish green leaves accented with spiky clusters of bright yellow flowers in late spring. Those blooms mature into hard, rounded, marble-sized seedpods. In my experience, it is much less likely to self-sow than other baptisias; in fact, it takes a good bit of work to get the seeds out of the seedpods, and there are usually only one or two seeds in each. The developing seedpods also tend to pull the stems out and down as they mature, causing the plants to sprawl a bit. If you don’t want to collect the seeds, consider shearing the plants back by about a third as soon as the flowers fade; this will encourage dense, bushy regrowth and produce fresh foliage that looks good through the rest of the growing season. US native. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.
Please be aware that the plants I collected these seeds from were open-pollinated, and I have other baptisia species growing in my gardens and meadow, so there’s a possibility that there may be some variation in the seedlings.
Harvested in August 2022. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.
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