Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: May 4, 2006

Screaming Yellow Baptisia

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screaming Yellow'

Screaming Yellow Baptisia is an easy-to-grow perennial that in addition to the bright yellow flowers, has good foliage texture and will develop interesting bean-like seed pods by the end of summer.

Plant Baptisia in full sun with well-drained soil. Being that it's in the legume family (and can therefore fix Nitrogen) it tolerates poor and sandy soils as well. Mix Screaming Yellow with other mid-spring bloomers such as Spiderwort (Tradescantia), Iris, Dianthus, etc.

This perennial makes a great substitute for the invasive Broom (Cytisus spp.) that plagues the western U.S. I've even seen Broom starting to escape here in Georgia.

For more information on the Screaming Yellow Baptisia, visit this website.

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