Mystery plant 052

You can find this plant in an area running diagonally from the north-central to the southeastern portions of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with its common and scientific names, along with any personal connection you have with this plant.


Plant in bloom


Flowers — blooming and dying


Leaves — shape and arrangement along stem


From flowers to fruits


Maturing seeds


Fruits/seeds in winter


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 052

  1. Evan Raskin says:

    I would guess Yellow Wild Indigo/Rattleweed/Honesty-weed (Baptisia tinctoria).

  2. Lorelei Connors says:

    birdfoot trefoil?

  3. Angelyn says:

    Yes, Evan, this is Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria). My first experience of this plant was a time when I just sat still in the woods for a while and suddenly noticed some yellow flowers nearby. Now I’m seeing it in more and more locations.

  4. Josh Fecteau says:

    Wild Indigo is also a host plant for the Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) butterfly, who I noticed for the first time last summer.

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