Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Perennial
B. exaltata.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis
Leguminosae

A blue dye is obtained from the plant[257]. No more information is given, but it is likely to be the leaves that are used[K].

  • Medicinal Use

    Appetizer, digestive[61].

    The root is antiemetic, emetic and purgative[222, 257]. There are confusing reports from two sources that the plant is used as an emetic and also that a cold tea is given to stop vomiting[222, 257]. A poultice of the root is anti-inflammatory and is held in the mouth to treat toothaches[222].

    The plant is under investigation as a potential stimulant of the immune system[222].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    A report says that the plant is potentially toxic[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. A very ornamental species, but it is somewhat shy flowering in British gardens[1]. 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].
Eastern and Central N. America – Pennsylvania to Georgia, west to Texas, Nebraska and Indiana.

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