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2019 Conference Registration is Open

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Posted February 22, 2019

Register now.  See our conference page for more information.  Share this with your friends.  Let's have a wonderful time in Crystal River in May 16-19.  The theme is Transitions, and we will be at a place and time when these are very relevant.  See clear springs release water from our karst-based aquifer into rivers and the Gulf of Mexico.  See changes being attributed to climate change.  Learn how you can be effective at protecting our coastal ecosystems.

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Press Releases: 2019-03-08 Registration Opens

Buy a T-shirt and Support Our Mission

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Posted March 12, 2019

Check it out (and order your own shirts to help promote FNPS and our mission).  The t-shirt features Polygala lewtonii, an Endangered plant endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge.

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Public Garden Grant for Charlotte and Sarasota Counties - Mangrove Chapter

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Posted December 10, 2018

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has made available $250 per Grant application “to create a public wildlife garden; to rehabilitate or enhance an existing garden; to replace invasive, exotic species with Florida native plants; to enhance a clubhouse, business, or non-profit…

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Latest from the Blog


Wild White Indigo, Baptisia alba

If you're out in the dry pinelands and sandhills of North Florida right now you might be blessed with seeing the blooms of the Wild White Indigo, Baptisia alba.
White Wild Indigo at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua County, March, 2019. Photo © Susan Carr

Wild white indigo is a handsome member of the Legume family. Standing at over 3 feet tall, this spring bloomer waves above the surrounding vegetation and is very attractive to pollinators.

White Wild Indigo at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua County, March, 2019. Photo © Susan Carr

There are nine species of Wild Indigos or Baptisias in Florida. Wild White Indigo (B. alba) is in the B. alba - B. tinctoria Clade of the Genus Baptisias. This means that it is more closely related to Apalachicola Wild Indigo, Baptisia megacarpa, than any of the other seven species of Wild Ingidos in Florida1.

White Wild Indigo at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua County, March, 2019. Photo © Susan Carr

White Wild Indigo is occasionally available from native nurseries and Jaret Daniels recommends it as a pollinator-friendly wildflower for use in naturalizing roadsides2. Make sure you are buying a Florida ecotype of this plant, as its natural range is throughout the Eastern US3.

Wild White Indigo is a larval host plant for the wild indigo duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) and Zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) skipper butterflies.

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) in Ontario. Photo by Reuven Martin, Public Domain

References

[1] Turner, B.L. Overview of the genus Baptisia (Leguminosae). Phytologia (Dec 2006) 88(3) link
[2] Daniel, J. Pollinators & Corridors. The Palmetto. 2012:29(4), p. 4-5. link
[3] USDA NRCS. Baptisia alba (L.) Vent. wild white indigo. PLANTS Database. link

Further Reading

Huegel, Craig. Wild White Indigo - Baptisia alba. Native Florida Wildflowers. 2016-05-15. Blog.
Florida Wildflower Foundation. Flower Friday: White wild indigo. 2017-12-05.
Hubbuch, Chuck. The Genus Baptisia - Family Fabaceae. Gardening in the Coastal Southeast. Blog.

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