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Plant Details

Baptisia albescens

Spiked Wild Indigo

Scientific Name:

Baptisia albescens

Genus:

Baptisia

Species Epithet:

albescens

Common Name:

Spiked Wild Indigo

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

The fruits are unlike any of our other species in being cylindric, about 3× as long as the diameter, and yellowish-brown (rather than black) when mature. (Weakley).
Host plant for several butterfly species.

Plant

image

John Flannery

In It's Natural Setting

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John Flannery

Bloom & Friend

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John Flannery

Seed Pods

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Terry Sharpe

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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