July 24, 2017

Moonlight Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

What do you get when you cross white with yellow? In this instance, you get a ‘Moonlight’ indigo. Introduced in 2002 by the North Carolina Botanical Garden was Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight,’ a hybrid of the native white wild indigo and the yellow one. Described by the botanical garden as “a beautiful blend of the best qualities of each its parents,” ‘Carolina Moonlight’ shows off upwards of 40 to 50 buttery yellow lupine-like flowers that rise above gray-green foliage. The plant can reach up to 4 feet in height with a similar spread. Hardy to Zone 4, this Baptisia blossoms May to June, followed by “inflated” seed pods that turn charcoal black when ripe.