Baptisia alba (L.) Vent.
White Wild Indigo, White False Indigo
White false indigo is a North American native. It is also a popular garden plant, and many cultivars have been created.
Identification: Plants are 24-72" (60-182 cm) in height. Young plants have thick, pale, glaucous (blue-green) stems topped with emerging leaf clusters, resembling asparagus. Leaves are in clusters of three (trifoliate): each leaf is ovate or oblanceolate, pointed at both ends, broader toward the tip, 2-6" (5-15 cm) in size, on petioles ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) long. Flowers appear in spikes (racemes) 12-24" (30-60 cm) high . Flowers are pea-like, bilaterally symmetrical, 1" (2.5 cm) in size, and pure white. Flowers appear in April-May. Seed pods are rounded cylinders about ¾" (1.9 cm) long, green, becoming purplish black.
Baptisia alba on FLORIDATA
Baptisia alba at Illinois Wildflowers
Baptisia alba on Discover Life
Baptisia alba at the New England Wild Flower Society
Baptisia alba at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Baptisia alba on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Baptisia alba at Minnesota Wildflowers
Baptisia alba description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 17 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 5-9: