Baptisia lactea

Wild White Indigo

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Loose spike-like racemes up to 18 inches long of white, pea-shaped flowers at the ends of branching stems. Flowers are ¾ to 1 inch long, white with a purple splotch at base of upper petal (standard); petals are positioned forward, the upper standard deeply lobed in the middle, folded up and back on the sides. The lateral wings below it are oval to oblong, tightly flanking a similar keel nearly obscured underneath, hiding several orange stamens. 

More About Baptisia lactea

  • Erect stalks of white, lupine-like flowers
  • Clover-like blue-green leaves displayed after bloom.
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Attracts butterflies

Blooms in spring. Flowers give way to inflated seed pods (to 2.5" long) which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once popularly used by children as rattles. 

Wild White Indigo Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cut back to 6 inches in the fall and remove the dead foliage in spring. May need staking to maintain it's form. Deadhead after blooming. Does not like to be transplanted. Fertilize with Plant-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer.

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2-4 Feet


2-4 Feet

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 10

Baptisia lactea Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Dried Flower
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils
  • Average

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • Creamy White
  • White


  • Clumping
  • Mounding