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Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Host Plant: Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Frosted Elfin, Eastern Tailed Blue, Hoary Edge, and Wild Indigo Duskywing

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: Blue, Purple/Lavender, White

Growth Habit: Herbaceous plant that grows to 3-5 feet tall

Range in North America: Eastern North America

Exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: Zones 4-9

Soil Requirements: moist, well-drained soil

Wild Indigo and Blue False Indigo

Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), a member of the Fabaceae (Bean Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 5 feet tall and blooms in the spring and summer with blue/purple flowers.  These plants have historically been used for dye (indigo), hence the name.

More information about this plant can be on this blog post.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Orange Sulphur Butterfly – Meganmccarty, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly – Meganmccarty, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus)

Frosted Elfin on a leaf – pondhawk from Winter Park, Florida, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)

Eastern Tailed Blue on grass – Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)

Hoary Edge on flower – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)

Wild Indigo Duskywing on plant – Judy Gallagher, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Indigo grows primarily in open woods and requires sun or part shade.  It is native to the midwest and eastern North America and is rare in a lot of eastern states.

The genus name from the Greek word for dye and species name means southern (Missouri Botanical Garden).

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