Tripple Brook Farm


Common Names: W

wall pepper
Sedum acre
water avens
Geum rivale
water canna
Thalia dealbata
water lily, fragrant
Nymphaea odorata
water willow
Decodon verticillatus
whorled loosestrife
Lysimachia punctata
whorled loosestrife
Lysimachia quadrifolia
wild bergamot
Monarda fistulosa
wild geranium
Geranium maculatum
wild indigo
Baptisia australis
wild lily-of-the-valley
Pyrola elliptica
wild oats
Uvularia sessilifolia
wild petunia
Ruellia humilis
wild quinine
Parthenium integrifolium
wild raisin
Viburnum lentago
wild rice
Zizania aquatica
Gaultheria procumbens
witch hazel, common
Hamamelis virginiana
wolfberry; silverberry
Elaeagnus commutata
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
wool grass
Scirpus cyperinus
worm grass
Sedum album

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016


(Leguminosae - pea family)
From the Greek, baptizein, meaning "to dye"; refers to the historical economic use as a poor indigo dye and, australis, dry.

australis peren • ht 3-5' • zones 3-10

wild indigo

new, native, hedge-screen, sun - part shade
north-eastern U.S.

A plant with much to recommend it, wild indigo is an excellent specimen in the flower garden with a rounded, shrub-like form and three season interest. Very early to emerge in spring, wild indigo blooms with tall spikes of lupine-like blue flowers with a delicate fragrance above the blue-green foliage in mid to late summer. In the early fall, large, showy seed pods turn from white to blue-black. Pods are often used in flower arrangements. Pods were used by Indians and Colonists as a blue indigo dye substitute and an early subsidized crop. Wild Indigo has a deep taproot which permits it to withstand hot, dry conditions and fixes nitrogen. Somewhat slow growing, but durable, long-lived and pest resistant - repels flies, deer and rabbit resistant. Prefers deep, slightly acidic soil with good drainage in full sun. Host plant for wild indigo (Erynnis baptisiae) and zarucco duskywing butterflies (E. zarucco) and attracts hummingbirds.

cat # 5B8C
$8.95 each / 3+, $8.50 ea