Date Posted: Apr 14, 2016
White wild indigo (Baptisia alba) is a long-lived perennial herbaceous wildflower that produces many showy white blooms on erect stalks. It occurs naturally in pine flatwoods and along river banks and deciduous forest edges.
Wildlife love white wild indigo. It is the larval host plant for the wild indigo duskywing and Zarucco duskywing butterflies. The fruits are eaten by a variety of birds and the foliage is browsed by rabbits and deer.
Many species of Baptisia were historically used to produce a blue dye, hence the common name of the genus, indigo.
Read more about this conspicuously stunning wildflower on our blog.
Photo by Lisa Roberts.
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