Jun. 6, 2020

blue wild indigo, Baptisia australis

Blue wild indigo is a native wildflower that just had to come into our gardens. These blue spikes on chest high plants are blooming now in Michigan gardens, including mine. They also show up in 'restored' prairies. That's where this one was. They've been at that spot for many years, but don't show any sign of spreading. This species doesn't produce a lot of viable seed because weevils infest the pods. Blue wild indigo grows in AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN(T), KS, KY, MA, MD(T), MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH(E), OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, and ON. Planted, Lenawee Co MI, 6/5/20. Bean family, Fabaceae.