Nuttall's Indigo - Catbells
Baptisia nuttalliana, Var. B. perfoliata
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Plant is an upright, much branched perennial. Preferred habitat is prairies, at roadsides and in open fields and meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, in sets of three (trifoliate), with leaflets oblong to oval, no teeth, no lobes.

Flowers are in terminal clusters or solitary in the leaf axil. The calyx is 5-lobed; 5 petals. The color is yellow. Flowering occurs in the spring.

Fruit is a legume

An indigo seen most often is called Pineland Indigo (B. lanceolata). While it fits the same description as nuttalliana the major difference is the number and color of flowers. Where nuttalliana will bear numerous flowers on a stem, lanceolata usually has no more than three.

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