Longbract Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata) is one of three species of Baptisia with white flowers that are found in north Georgia; the other species are White false indigo (Baptisia alba) and the Spiked Wild Indigo (Baptisia albescens). Baptisia bracteata is known by the common names Longbract Wild Indigo and Creamy Wild Indigo. It’s been officially documented in counties in north Georgia. We’ve seen it in Wilkes and Hancock counties.
A small plant by the roadside in Wilkes County. It’s a small, compact bush.
A larger view of the same plant.
The same plant beginning to flower.
A closer view of a cluster of flowers and...
an individual flower
One of the nicest plants we found. We were surveying frogs at the time and came across this bush at about midnight. It was photographed with flash.
Seed pods just beginning to develop.
Seed pods developing on a plant in Hancock County.
A closer view of developing seedpods.
A ripe seed pod. These look ‘armored’ and are rock-hard.
An opened seedpod showing seeds.
Baptisia bracteata (Longbract Wild Indigo, Creamy Wild Indigo) is native to the United States where it’s found in the eastern United States with the exception of most states northeast of Virginia and Florida. In Georgia, it’s found in counties in the Piedmont. It has been documented officially in Wilkes County but not in Hancock County where we’ve found it.
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Name that Plant
- Baptisia bracteata (Creamy Wild Indigo)
- Baptisia albescens (Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo)
- Baptisia alba (Thick-pod White Wild Indigo)
University of Norh Carolina Herbarium:
- Baptisia bracteata
- Baptisia albescens
- Baptisia alba
USDA Plants Database
- Baptisia bracteata (Longbract Wild Indigo)
- Baptisia albescens (Spiked Wild Indigo)
- Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)
- Spiked Wild Indigo (Baptisia albescens)