Etymology: Baptisia: from Greek baptizein, "to dye," for the use of this plant for a poor indigo dye
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, bushy forb
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/2" long, inflorescence of many, short, terminal clusters; blooms June-July
Fruits: roundish pod
Habitat: dry; in sandy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"