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