Authentic Wisconsin.  White Wild Indigo - Baptisia alba


False Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 8, 2019.

Above: White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in Madison, Wisconsin. (6/08/19).


White Wild Indigo - Baptisia lactea/Baptisia alba/Baptisia leucantha (bean family)

White Wild Indigo can grow from 3' to 6' tall. It is an multibranched perennial with bluish, three-part clover-like leaves. The showy spikes of white, pea-like flowers occur in erect spike-like racemes that can be up to 2 feet long. White Wild Indigo blooms from late May into June.

NOTE: Young shoots of the plant have been mistaken for asparagus. This plant is considered hazardous!

Other names include: White false indigo.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 8, 2019.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 8, 2019.

Above: White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in Madison, Wisconsin on June 8, 2019.


For more information on White Wild Indigo, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about White Wild Indigo.

Or, visit the U.S. Forest Service website page about White Wild Indigo.

Or, visit the Wisconsin Pollinators about White Wild Indigo.

Or, read the USDA National Resources Conversation Service website about White Wild Indigo.


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White Wild Indigo
Baptisia lactea/Baptisia alba/Baptisia leucantha


White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.

White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.


Above: White Wild Indigo on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in Madison, Wisconsin. (5/30/19)



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