Baptisia sphaerocarpa ‘Screamin’ Yellow’

('Screamin' Yellow' False Indigo)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Screamin’ Yellow’ is particularly noted for its profuse bloom. It typically grows to 2-3′ tall with a mature spread to 5′ wide. Showy, pea-like, bright yellow flowers in erect racemes (to 12-15" tall) bloom in late April-May atop yellow-green flower stems that rise well above a foliage mound of clover-like green (perhaps tinged with yellow) leaves (leaflets to 2" long). Flowers give way to inflated spherical seed pods (to 3/4" diameter) that turn tan/brown when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. Stems with seed pods are valued additions to dried flower arrangements.

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Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants form slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. Plants take on more of a shrubby appearance and tend to open up after bloom. Trimming or shearing foliage after bloom helps maintain rounded plant appearance and obviates any need for staking, but eliminates some of the developing seed pods which are so attractive.

Additional information

Common Name

'Screamin' Yellow' False Indigo

Botanical Name

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


2 to 3ft.


2 to 5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late April to June

Flower Color

golden yellow



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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