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Baptisia australis var. aberrans [= Baptisia aberrans]

Eastern Prairie Blue Wild Indigo, Glade Wild Indigo

Scientific Name:

Baptisia australis var. aberrans [= Baptisia aberrans]

Genus:

Baptisia

Species Epithet:

australis var. aberrans

Common Name:

Eastern Prairie Blue Wild Indigo, Glade Wild Indigo

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Glades, barrens, and open woodlands over limestone (or other calcareous rocks) and diabase (or other mafic rocks), in areas that were formerly prairies, barrens, glades, or oak savannas. Rare in NC piedmont.

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:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Notes:

Global Rank G5T2.

Flowers in May

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flower

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/baptisia-australis/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php [Baptisia aberrans]

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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