False Indigo 'Carolina Moonlight'


Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Baptisia (bap-TIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carolina Moonlight
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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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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:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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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


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

Logansport, Indiana

Prospect, Kentucky

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Colden, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Okatie, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fate, Texas

Garland, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

Ringgold, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A beautiful selection from a hybrid between B. alba (the White False-Indigo) x B. sphaerocarpus (the Yellow False-Indigo).


On Mar 17, 2009, sweetkate from Ringgold, VA wrote:

This is beautiful and very tough plant. The light yellow flowers make a stunning display in the spring, and then you have a nice full mound of light green foliage for the rest of the growing season - it looks like a healthy shrub. It's also quite drought tolerant. The only bad thing I can say about it is that you should put it where you want it to be forever, because it's nearly impossible to budge once it's established due to a long taproot. Lovely and very easy plant!