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Baptisia cinerea [= Baptisia villosa]

Carolina Wild Indigo

Scientific Name:

Baptisia cinerea [= Baptisia villosa]

Genus:

Baptisia

Species Epithet:

cinerea

Common Name:

Carolina 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):

Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, other dry sandy woods

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

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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