Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’-False Indigo

Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’ on 4-15-12, #86-16.

False Indigo

Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’

Baptisia sphaerocarpa x Baptisia alba

bap-TIS-ee-uh  sfay-ro-KAR-puh  x  AL-ba

Baptisia sphaerocarpa Nutt. is a correct and accepted scientific name in the Baptisia genus. It was named and first described by Thomas Nuttall in Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1834.

Baptisia alba (L.) Vent. is a correct and accepted species in the Baptisia genus. It was named and described by this name by Étienne Pierre Ventenat in Decas Generum Novorum in 1808. It was first described as Crotalaria alba by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.

I had been wanting a Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’ for many years. I had been a subscriber of Plant Delight’s Nursery for many years and I drool when I go through their catalog. The problem was their expensive prices, not to say their plants aren’t worth the price because their plants are in larger pots. The 2012 Brent & Becky’s catalog offered a Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’ much less expensive, so I ordered one along with many other pants. Their perennials were grown and shipped from another nursery, though. The plants arrived and they looked GREAT!

Family: Fabaceae
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Common Name: False indigo
Origin: Hybrid
Zones: USDA Zones 4-9. Dave’s Garden says 3a-10b).
Size: 36 to 38” tall x 36-48” wide
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil, can be somewhat weird (the soil).
Water: Average water needs. Drought tolerant once established.
Uses: Great for attracting butterflies.

I planted my Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’ in the backyard where it would get full sun all day long. It did very well and started growing right off the bat. I realized it probably wouldn’t flower the first year. BUT, one day I noticed BAG WORMS on this plant and most of the leaves were already gone. It soon died and there was barely a trace of it. I moved the dead plant to a different location and nest thing I knew, it was coming up again. Like I always say, “Just because it is dead doesn’t mean it is dead.”


The Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’ after it came back up on 8-12-12, #115-25.

I sold the mansion in Mississippi and my dad asked me to move back to the family farm. SO, in February 2013, after giving up several hundred plants, I moved back to mid-Missouri. I took a lot of plants with me, but I completely forgot about my Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’. Maybe someday I will buy another.

I did purchase a Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ from a local garden center in 2017 and you can read about it by clicking HERE.

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