Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
White Wild Indigo
Baptisia lactea
Location: Front meadow
This long-lived member of the Pea Family practically jumps out of the ground in spring.A well-established mature plant resembles an asparagus plant when it first appears and grows to five feet tall in a matter of days.Very striking, with cones of vivid white flowers that are visible far across the prairie landscape in June and July.The smooth bluegreen leaves are attractive all summer long.This slow-growing beauty is also one of the longest lived of all prairie plants.Transplants may require two years or more to reach maturity, while seeds can take four to five years.Worth waiting for, it is a real showpiece when in bloom! Grows on moderately-moist to semi-dry soils.Tolerates partial shade, but prefers full sun.
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Genus: Baptisia (baptisia)
Family: Fabaceae (legume family)
Order: Fabales (fabales)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)