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Baptisia cinerea [= Baptisia villosa]

Carolina Wild Indigo

Scientific Name:

Baptisia cinerea [= Baptisia villosa]

Common Name:

Carolina Wild Indigo

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Size in Feet:

1 to 2

Light:

Part Sun

Soil Moisture:

Dry(*)

Bloom Time:

Spring

Bloom Area:

Sandhills

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, other dry sandy woods

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

(*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

A low growing herb with long-petioled leaves, each with three large leaflets. Blossoms develop in dense terminal clusters.

The plant is covered with short, silvery hairs. The species is usually found in mature Longleaf Pine tracts and responds well to periodic burns.

Will Stuart

Clusters of blossoms typically appear from late April to early June.

Will Stuart

Blossom detail.

Will Stuart

Seedpods develop on Baptisia cinerea by mid-May although I do not see a high rate of fruit/seed production.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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