chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Spilled Buttermilk False Indigo

A Prairieblues™ False Indigo Introduction

Baptisia 'Spilled Buttermilk' PP#26319



The Spilled Buttermilk False Indigo was intentionally developed as a more vigorous and floriferous substitute for the somewhat temperamental and slow growing native, Baptisia bracteata (B. leucophaea). A Baptisia [australis x bracteata] selection backcrossed to B. bracteata, this hybrid was developed to give the appearance of B. leucophaea – compact plants yet with large flowers on horizontal inflorescences – but has proven easier to propagate and with improved vigor. The oversized, creamy to light lemon-yellow flowers are produced on horizontally borne inflorescences earlier than most other Baptisia yet on a compact plant that matures to no more than 18” tall and 48” wide. Like B. bracteata, the stems and foliage of this hybrid may still go summer dormant. Best on well-drained soils. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. USDA Zones 5-7.

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