Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Blue False Indigo and Rattlebush
Description of Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)
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.
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Many insects use this plant as a nectar source.
This species grows in open woods in full sun or part-shade conditions.
Range of Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) in the United States and Canada
The genus name, Baptisia, comes from the Greek word for dye and the species name, australis, means southern (Missouri Botanical Garden).