Mar. 6, 2020

white wild indigo, Baptisia lactea

White wild indigo is a medium tall prairie plant. If science has settled on a name, it is only recently. In many works this is B. alba. It often shows up among seeds used for prairie 'restorations'. The problem is some of those seeds are often restored to places they never grew, sometimes including several species of false indigo. Here in Lenawee we have three species of false indigo in restorations, but no historical record of any. Indians used this plant for a variety of medical treatments, ranging from dropsy to rattlesnake bites. White false indigo grows in AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MI(S), MN(S), MO, MS, NC, NE, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/11. Bean family, Fabaceae.