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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Baptisia Leucophaea / Family: Fabaceae
Cream Wild Indigo, Swink/Wilhelm #10

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FLOWERING: Early May - Mid-June.

SEED TIMING: August - September.

HABITAT: Mesic to dry prairies, oak openings.

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 2.5 feet high. Sprawling, almost shrubby looking large plant. Has two to twelve finely pubescent thick stems which are highly branched and widely spread. Leaves are sessile, finely pubescent and have three leaflets. Two large stipules give the appearance of leaflets. The inflorescence consists of a horizontal to drooping raceme of large cream-yellow pea flowers. Blooms earlier than Baptisia leucantha.

TO PICK: Black, pecan-sized, hard-shelled pods are finely pubescent with long pointed beaks. Pick whole pod. Remove seeds from pods to prevent further predation by larve or weevils which are often present inside.


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