Baptisia bracteata

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Baptisia bracteata
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Scientific classification
B. bracteata
Binomial name
Baptisia bracteata

Baptisia bracteata, otherwise known as longbract wild indigo,[1] long-bract wild indigo, long-bracted wild indigo, or cream false indigo, is a perennial herbaceous plant that is native to the central and eastern United States.[1] It is one of the earliest blooming species of Baptisia, beginning to bloom in March in certain areas of the United States.[2] The bloom color ranges from white to creamy yellow.[3] The flower clusters (racemes) spread out sideways or sprawl across the ground, unlike most other Baptisia species, which have vertical racemes. The flowers are visited by bumblebees.[3] The caterpillars of several skippers eat the leaves, including the wild indigo duskywing and hoary edge. The plant is poisonous to mammalian herbivores.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Baptisia bracteata". USDA Plants. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Baptisia (False or Wild Indigo)". Clemson University, Cooperative Extension. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  3. ^ a b "Baptisia bracteata". Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  4. ^ Hilty, John (2016). "Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata)". Illinois Wildflowers.

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