White Wild Indigo

lorilee

Sumner, United States

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White Wild Indigo found along the Sweet Marsh near
my home in northeast Iowa.

WHITE WILD INDIGO
Baptisia alba (L. ) Vent. var. macrophylla Isley

Height: 20-80 inches
Family: Fabaceae – Bean Family
Flowering Period: May, June, July

Stems: Erect, solitary with ascending branches, glabrous, waxy.
Leaves: Alternate, 3-foliolate, on stalks 1/5 to 1 inch long; stipules 1/5 to 1.2 inches long, lanceolate to ovate, usually falling before or during flowering; leaflets narrowly egg-shaped, oblanceolate, or elliptic, 1 to 3 inches long.

Flowers: Stalks 1/8 to 1/2 inch long; bracts ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, usually dropping before or during flowering; calyx tube 1/3 inch long, 2-lipped, upper lip entire or notched, lower lip 3-lobed, lobes triangular; corolla papilionaceous, white; banner 2/5 to 3/5 inch long, shorter than wings; wings and keel straight, 4/5 to 1 inch; stamens 10, distinct.

Fruits: Pod, ellipsoid-oblong, 1/10 to 1/5 inch long, glabrous, drooping, black when mature; tip narrowed to short beak; seeds olive to yellowish-brown, covered with wart-like projections.

Habitat: Rocky prairie hillsides and ravines, stream valleys, and roadsides.

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