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PlantFiles: White False Indigo
Baptisia alba

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Baptisia (bap-TIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

Synonym:Baptisia alba var. alba
Synonym:Baptisia albescens
Synonym:Baptisia leucantha

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mfast10 On Mar 26, 2014, mfast10 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I planted two Baptisia alba plants each with two sprouts last year in a small dry bed next to my driveway that also has a crepe myrtle that gets LOTS of sun and heat. They did fine last year establishing themselves and this year have exploded with new growth now each with 4 new sprouts already over a foot tall each. I am excited to see the white flowers on each plant when they bloom.

Positive gtbabic On Nov 1, 2013, gtbabic from The Villages, FL wrote:

This plant takes several years to flower. It does not like transplanting, so be sure it is in the right place at the start. In central FL, it is growing in sun / light shade but does get leggy after flowering in spring. It is a host plant for some butterflies and many butterflies like the flowers. To me, it is best as a background plant because post-flowering it is not that attractive.

Neutral frostweed On Jan 4, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

White False Indigo Baptisia alba is Native to Texas and other States.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The root was used by Indians to treat typhus, scarlet fever and dysentery. It was also used to promote vomiting, treat eczema, long standing sores and wounds.

Can reach up to 5' tall. Flowers are typicall white a pea-like.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daphne, Alabama
Crawfordville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Austell, Georgia
Alton, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Merryville, Louisiana
Waterford, Michigan
Watervliet, Michigan
Lone Jack, Missouri
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia

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