Baptisia Decadence® ‘Lemon Meringue’

('Lemon Meringue' False Indigo)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Lemon Meringue’ is an upright hybrid false indigo (also wild indigo) that typically grows to 36” tall. As the common name suggests, this cultivar is noted for producing bright yellow flowers. Flowers are lupine-like and appear in a late spring bloom in racemes atop erect charcoal flower stems extending well above a foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads which persist into fall.

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Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun in acidic, somewhat poor soils. Good drought tolerance. Plant develops a large taproot and is best left undisturbed once established. Plants tend to open up after flowering and may need support as the summer progresses. Foliage may be cut back after flowering to form compact bushy plants which remain attractive for the remainder of the growing season without staking, however the showy seed pods will be lost if this is done. Plants usually take 3 years to establish, but are of easy culture thereafter.

Additional information

Common Name

'Lemon Meringue' False Indigo

Botanical Name

Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


3 to 4'


3 to 4'

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late April to June

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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