Wild Indigo

Baptisia tinctoria

Regular price $16

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Wild Indigo often gets overlooked when compared with its larger-flowered cousins. However, Baptisia tinctoria has many enduring qualities that make it special.

  • The longest flowering Baptisia
  • Compact habit
  • Deer resistant


  • 18 to 24 in. tall
  • 3 to 4 ft. wide
  • Tough and long-lived perennial
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering Period

In central North Carolina, the pale yellow flowers start opening mid-to-late May and last for about four weeks.

How to grow

Wild Indigo is easy to cultivate, preferring full sun and well-drained soil to produce strong growth and lots of flowers.

FAQ about Baptisia

Care and maintenance

Cut back old stems to ground level anytime during the winter and keep weeds from shading.

When will my Wild Indigo plant flower?

Plants are flowering size. Plants purchased after the mid-May will bloom the following year.

Where to plant

Wild Indigo makes a wonderful addition to flower beds and naturalistic plantings where its fine, dissected leaves complement other plants.

When to plant

It can be planted throughout the year, though the best time is from spring through early fall when plants are actively growing.


Two to three feet apart.

Native habitat and range

Grows in sandhills, in seasonally moist pine flatwoods, and along the edges of woodlands from New York to Florida.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from cuttings collected from a wild population in Pender County, North Carolina.

States Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $14 $16 $18
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $16 $18 $20
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $18 $20 $22
CO, NE, ND, and SD $20 $22 $24


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?

Sorry, all plants are shipped within 8 days of placing an order.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.