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Baptisia sphaerocarpa (Yellow wild indigo)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Baptisia sphaerocarpa

Baptisia sphaerocarpa Nutt.

Yellow Wild Indigo, Green Wild Indigo, Bush Pea, Yellow Wisteria

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Baptisia viridis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The bush pea grows to 4 feet tall with many branches, rounded into a compact clump. It has large yellow flowers along the upper part of the stems, well above the foliage. Leaves are made up of 3 leaflets about 1 inch long. Some of the upper leaves may have only 2, or sometimes even 1, leaflet.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AR , LA , MO , MS , OK , TX

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.

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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

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1178 Collected 2008-06-20 in Galveston County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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