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Baptisia bracteata - Muhl.                
                 
Common Name Plains Wild Indigo, Longbract wild indigo, False Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Synonyms B. leucophaea. Nutt. B. villosa. Auct.
Known Hazards The plant is potentially toxic[222].
Habitats Dry soils[222] on prairies[235]. Sandy open woods, prairies, pastures and roadsides in Texas[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Arkansas, Texas and Nebraska to Minnesota.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.

Physical Characteristics       
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Baptisia bracteata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.6 m (2ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)It can fix Nitrogen.


USDA hardiness zone : 4-9


Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Baptisia bracteata Plains Wild Indigo, Longbract wild indigo, False Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo


Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.
Baptisia bracteata Plains Wild Indigo, Longbract wild indigo, False Indigo, Cream Wild Indigo
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 345.
   
Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Alterative;  Astringent.

An ointment made from the ground seeds is applied to the stomach in the treatment of colic[222]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of typhoid and scarlet fever[222]. The leaves are astringent and are applied externally to wounds etc[222]. Recent research suggests that the plant can stimulate the immune system[222].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Landscape Uses:Border, Ground cover, Seashore. Prefers a deep, well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun[188, 200]. Grows freely in a loamy soil[1]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. Succeeds in a rich moist soil in sun or light shade[187]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. Plants have a very deep root system and dislike root disturbance, they should be left alone once they are established[188, 233]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Attractive flowers or blooms.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water and then sown in a cold frame in late winter or early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer or following spring. Division in spring[188]. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
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Author                                         
Muhl.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
200235274
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[187]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2.
Photographs of over 3,000 species and cultivars of ornamental plants together with brief cultivation notes, details of habitat etc.
[188]Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
Excellent range of photographs, some cultivation details but very little information on plant uses.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[222]Foster. S. & Duke. J. A. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. Eastern and Central N. America.
A concise book dealing with almost 500 species. A line drawing of each plant is included plus colour photographs of about 100 species. Very good as a field guide, it only gives brief details about the plants medicinal properties.
[233]Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants
A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
[235]Britton. N. L. Brown. A. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada
Reprint of a 1913 Flora, but still a very useful book.
[274]Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
An excellent flora, which is also available on-line.

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