Baptisia Species, Buffalo Pea False Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo

Baptisia bracteata var. glabrescens

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Baptisia (bap-TIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: bracteata var. glabrescens
Synonym:Baptisia leucophaea
Synonym:Baptisia leucophaea var. glabrescens



Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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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)

Where to Grow:

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Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Van Buren, Arkansas

Suffield, Connecticut

Machesney Park, Illinois

Merryville, Louisiana

Cole Camp, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Spencer, Oklahoma

Buffalo, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Sweeny, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 26, 2012, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

aka baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea. Some taxonomists consider it as full fledged species while others consider it a var. of two in the bracteata species (var. bracteata and var. leucophaea). In these PF is is catalogued as its own species. TX native.

We have quite a few growing in our East TX pastures (z8a). Last year I transplanted it to my home in Richmond,d z9a and it is growing well. It has these beautiful pastel yellow bract flowers which grow underneath the plant, as if in hiding.

In east TX is gets zero supplemental water but in our Richmond home it will get hit by sprinkler system.


On Jun 14, 2011, the1gigi1955 from Suffield, CT wrote:

I have been searching for over a year now to identify this plant! Until this morning, my grandchildren have been calling it "the mongo dinosaur plant". Thank you for helping me learn the names, false indigo/baptisia.

I think this plant came into my garden with a bunch of assorted wild flower seeds and was the only seed to take. We have enjoyed this plant for a year and look forward to many more years of enjoyment of it.

It has been growing in a border and receives morning sun and then shade during the hot afternoons. Now that I know how to propagate it, I'll not only be saving the seeds, but will divide it when it gets bigger.


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

Buffalo Pea False Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia leucophaea is Native to Texas and other States.


On Oct 11, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Cream Wild Indigo is a spreading, short perennial legume from 1 to 2 feet tall and from 1 to 3 feet around. Leaves and stems are finely hairy. A single stem arises from the ground then becomes multi-branched. Flowers are pea like and cream or pale yellow, borne on stalks running more or less parallel with the ground.