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Baptisia

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This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Baptisia spp. is a perennial herb with alternate, 3-parted leaves, turning black upon drying. Flowers either on long-stalked clusters above the leaves or axillary. Blooms are white, blue, or yellow and can be irregular and pea-shaped.

 

Found in: Forest or natural areas in woodland borders and open woods; landscape in flower gardens as native, herbaceous perennials

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#yellow#poisonous#white flowers#purple flowers#yellow flowers#native perennial#spring flowers#NC native#herbaceous perennial#NC Native Pollinator Plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#yellow#poisonous#white flowers#purple flowers#yellow flowers#native perennial#spring flowers#NC native#herbaceous perennial#NC Native Pollinator Plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Baptisia
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Canada to Central & E. U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Throughout; gardens
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is an inflated, stalked pod with several seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Irregular
    Flower Description:
    Flowers either on long-stalked clusters above the leaves or axillary. Flowers stand up on a raceme or spike. Blooms are white, blue, purple-blue, or yellow and can be irregular and pea-shaped.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Baptisia spp. is a perennial herb with alternate, 3-parted leaves, turning black upon drying. Leaves are entire, green, and can vary in shape from elliptical to obovate. Leaves seem to be in groups of 3 at then end of a stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    THIS PLANT CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Poisonous through ingestion: Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. All parts are poisonous.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Baptisin and cytisine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems