Today’s plant recommendation is Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’.
Three years ago I purchased a very small plug of this perennial from Bluestone Perennials figuring if I love the purple varieties with such a passion, why not dabble in yellow blooming cultivars as well.
Color me happy to date.
Within only one year’s time, I had myself some blooms and it hasn’t stopped doubling in size ever since. To the shock of no one who has ever read a post on this blog, I like the way it looks best when in combination with ornamental grasses, as seen in the photo below.
Some other notable facts about Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’:
- Maxes out around 3′ to 4′ tall and wide, similar to its purple blooming brethren.
- To date, it has been 100% deer resistant although I just jinxed it so buyer beware.
- The blooms emerge in the middle of May and last a good 3-4 weeks in my zone 6B garden.
- The blooms are a butter yellow so you fans of yellow blooms will dig these big time.
- Survives in zones 4-9.
- There is no specific soil preference as it is listed as preferring medium to dry soil but mine has been in wet soil for years now without issue.
- As with other Baptisia, it is a tough as nails plant once established and it is recommended that it not be moved once established. Even a serial plant relocator like myself knows to leave these in one spot and walk away.
In early spring, the Baptisia stems emerge, not too unlike a peony.
The blooms start to emerge in mid April and are almost as impactful as when they are in full bloom.
And then one day, boom, they’ve arrived.
The dark stems are a nice touch aren’t they?
Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ has bloomed at the same time as many of my peonies so there is an opportunity for a kick butt color combo.
After the bloom period, I prefer to keep all of the spent/dried seedheads on my Baptisia as they retain a level of interest and lend a different look in the garden as the summer wears on and eventually meets autumn.
So what do you think?
Do any of you have this in your garden?
Are there any other cultivars you recommend?