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Baptisia, Carolina Moonlight

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Short Description

Great vertical focal point, blooming in April and May.

Full Description

Magnificent cross between two native Baptisias: white wild indigo Baptisia alba, and the yellow wild indigo Baptisia sphaerocarpa. 'Carolina Moonlight' has great hybrid vigor and blooms with spectacular butter yellow flowers atop of lupine-like spikes. Perfect for use in cottage gardens planted with tulips, ornamental alliums and other native perennials. After blooming, spent flowers morph into inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe and are very ornamental.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Drought, Rabbit

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Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun or partial shade with well-drained, organic soil. 
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches, removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible. 
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods. 
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock. 
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space baptisia about 3-5 feet apart. 
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth. Be careful not to damage the tap root. 
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds. 
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot. 
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge. 
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important. 
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots. In general baptisia needs little fertilizer because as a member of the pea family, it can fix nitrogen from the air.
  • Deadhead to encourage more blooms. This is a great flower for cutting.
  • Some people like to leave the seed pods on the plants, but if they become heavy and pull the stems down it is best to remove them.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • We do not recommend dividing as plant taproots are easily damaged. Plants may remain for many years in the garden in the same location.
  • Baptisia needs little care and can be quite drought-tolerant once established.
  • Baptisia makes great cut flowers, but be sure to hydrate them right away after cutting. Seed pods can also make interesting additions to cut flower arrangements.
  • Great native pollinator plant attracts bees and butterflies to the garden.
Full Sun, Part Sun
36-48 inches
36-48 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Drought, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Life Cycle
Baptisia, Carolina Moonlight is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Took A While, But Now - Just Wow! The plants this year are about 18 inches in diameter, and are tall columns of pale yellow flowers. I planted them about 4 years ago as tiny starts. They are behind an Elizabeth Magnolia, which also flowers in pale yellow, and finishes blooming just as the Baptisia begin. The Baptisia leaves are a gorgeous frosted bluish green. With the fantastic height, very long and very upright wands of flowers, these plants have encouraged me to plant other clumps in all the varying shades of yellow available now. Remember that they really can't be moved after planting - long tap roots - so give them room! And time!
Date published: 2018-05-03
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