Authentic Wisconsin.  Cream Wild Indigo - Baptisia leucophaea


Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.

Above: Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin (5/22/21).


Cream Wild Indigo - Baptisia leucophaea/Baptisia bracteata

Cream Wild Indigo is a native plant that prefers full to partial sun with dry to moderate moisture such as prairies and woods.

The white to creamy yellow pea-shaped flowers are arranged along dense, cascading racemes that droop over and the hang to the ground. Blooms May-June.

Cream wild indigo is in the Pea family (Fabaceae). The name "Baptisia" means "to dye," referring to some species with indigo flowers in this genus being used as a dye, and "leucophea" means "grayish white," referring to the off-white, cream colored flowers.

Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Above: The flower clusters (racemes) spread out sideways or sprawl across the ground, unlike most other Baptisia species, which have vertical racemes.

Other names: Long-bracted wild indigo, plains wild indigo.

For more information on Cream Wild Indigo, visit Wikipedia.

Or, for information on Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucophaea) visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

Or, visit the U.S. Forest Serice website page on Cream Wild Indigo (Plant of the Week).


Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.
Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.

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Cream Wild Indigo
Baptisia leucophaea


Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.

Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.

Above: Cream Wild Indigo in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, Wisconsin on May 24, 2021.


Cream Wild Indigo surrounded by Canada anemone in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 25, 2021.

Above: Cream Wild Indigo surrounded by Canada anemone in UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, Wisconsin on May 25, 2021.


Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucophaea) specimen collected in Grant County on May 27, 1993.

Above: Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucophaea) specimen collected in Grant County on May 27, 1993.


Cream Wild Indigo illustration circa 1871.

Above: Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata) illustration circa 1871.


Cream Wild Indigo.

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