Baptisia lactea (Raf.) Thieret  
Family: Fabaceae
large-leaved wild indigo, milky white indigo, white wild indigo
[Baptisia alba var. macrophylla (Larisey) Isely, Baptisia lactea var. lactea (Raf.) Thieret, Baptisia leucantha Torr. & A.Gray, Baptisia leucantha var. divaricata Torr. & A.Gray, Baptisia leucantha var. pauciflora Torr. & A.Gray, Baptisia pendula var. macrophylla Larisey, Dolichos lacteus Raf.]
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Derek Anderson  
Etymology: Baptisia: from Greek baptizein, "to dye," for the use of this plant for a poor indigo dye
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall, mostly smooth forb; stems with many branches toward the top but below the inflorescence
Leaves: palmately-divided into 3-5 leaflets with the stipules at the base appearing as 2 additional leaflets, dries to a gray-black color
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, stalks less than 1/4" long; inflorescence a 8"-20" long, erect, spike-like cluster (raceme) with the small, deciduous leaves (bracts) below the inflorescence less than 1/2" long; blooms June-July
Fruits: brown, inflated, cylindrical, erect pod fruit drawing
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Paul Drobot  
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