Jan Gorman sent me this picture of a beautiful stand of wildflowers she spotted on
Yellow indigo is native to the southern US and blooms from May to October in
This hardy plant is drought tolerant and grows to a height of two to three feet. It makes a show at the rear of any garden border. It is easily grown in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade, and thrives in poor soils. It is difficult to grow from seed and slow to establish. Over time, plants form slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. If you must move this plant, early spring is considered to be the best time for transplanting.
There are no common pests or diseases of yellow indigo.
The name Baptista literally means to dip and harkens back to a close relative of yellow indigo, true indigo. Indigo was the first vegetable dye known to have been in use. An indigo-dyed garment dating from about 3000 BC was found in the ancient Egyptian city of
Yellow indigo was traditionally reputed to have medicinal qualities and was used in the treatment of influenza, kidney disease, ulcerations of the skin, sore nipples, mucous colitis, amebic dysentery, tonsillitis, quinsy, septic conditions of the blood, muscular soreness, rheumatic and arthritic pains, constriction of the chest, whooping cough, dropsy, epilepsy, nervous disorders, chills, fever, malaria, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, diphtheria, mumps, piles and worms. More recent studies of the plant indicate it is unsafe to consume or apply to the skin in large amounts.