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Creamy Indigo

Baptisia bracteata

Spring favorite of queen bumblebees; seeds dispersed by rolling plants; also called Baptisia leucophaea



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Baptisia bracteata, also known as Creamy Indigo or False Indigo, is a Missouri native perennial legume.

Wildlife notes

This plant is cross-pollinated primarily by queen bumblebees after they emerge from hibernation during the spring. Worker bumblebees appear somewhat later. Other bees seek nectar from the flowers and sometimes collect pollen. A variety of insects feed on the leaves, seeds, and other parts of Cream Wild Indigo and other Baptisia spp.  It is also a favorite of honeybees. Read more about that here.

Forage notes

When horses and cattle eat sufficient quantities of this plant, they can become seriously poisoned.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of hot and humid summers, poor soils and drought. A long-lasting perennial that can be left undisturbed. Showy flowers are attractive as a cut flower.  Flowers give way to showy seed pods which are attractive in dried flower arrangements. May be grown as focal or background plants in perennial borders, wild gardens, prairies, or naturalized areas.

Restoration notes

Found in the wild throughout Missouri in dry, open woods and prairies. Cream Wild Indigo prefers open areas with reduced competition from taller vegetation.  Natural habitats include mesic to dry black soil prairies, sand prairies, cemetery prairies, railroad prairies, open rocky woodlands, and sandy savannas. Occasional wildfires are beneficial in maintaining populations.


Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

15 bulk lbs/acre, 13.5 PLS lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

Apr, May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Landscaping, Cut Flower

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq ft.

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.