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Baptisia lanceolata (Gopherweed)
Cressler, Alan

Baptisia lanceolata

Baptisia lanceolata (Walter) Elliott

Gopherweed, Pineland Baptisia

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: BALA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The yellow, two-lipped flowers of this 2-3 ft. baptisia occur singly or in few-flowered clusters, from the axils of three-parted, leathery, pubescent leaves. This is a woody perennial.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , FL , GA , SC
Native Distribution: C. FL, n. to GA & SC
Native Habitat: Sand hills; open woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Baptisia lanceolata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Baptisia lanceolata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Baptisia lanceolata


Record Modified: 2022-11-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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