Baptisia australis var. australis
Baptisia australis (L.) R. Br. var. australis
Blue Wild Indigo, Wild Blue Indigo, Blue False Indigo
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: BAAUA
Rising 2-4 ft. high from a woody base, Blue Wild Indigo is a bushy, robust perennial. Flowers are blue-purple and pea-like, congested in dense, upright, terminal racemes, 4-16 in. long. Leaves are divided into three leaflets. In late fall the plant turns silvery-gray, sometimes breaking off at ground level and tumbling about in the wind.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate , Trifoliate
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate , Obovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Raceme , Terminal
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: 1-1/2 to 3 (to 4-1/2) feet tall.
Fruit: Legume to about 2-1/4 inches long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , MI , NC , NH , NJ , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
BibliographyBibref 417 - Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America (2000) Foster, S. & J. A. Duke
Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Baptisia australis var. australis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Baptisia australis var. australis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Baptisia australis var. australis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-07-08
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus