One of My Favorite Flowers

One of My Favorite Flowers


People ask me what my favorite flower is, and my answer is always “It depends on what’s in bloom.”  But Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucophaea) would definitely be in my top ten.  Its exquisite, long, lush, drooping, butter yellow racemes bloom from early-to mid-May through early June on a bushy, rounded mound of smooth stems and waxy leaves, 2’  tall and wide.  It forms charcoal gray seed pods after blooming, but alas–the whole plant turns black by midsummer. a startling development, especially the first time one sees it.

Cream Wild Indigo has not been easy for me to grow–I have lost far more plants than have survived.   It has been extensively planted in the St. Charles High School prairie restoration section of Horlock Hill Prairie where I first discovered it.  It  blooms with  Yellow Pimpernel, Prairie Phlox, and Wild Hyacinth, and a little later with the non-native Blue Wild Indigo.  (More on Blue Wild Indigo soon.)



4 Responses to One of My Favorite Flowers

  1. Jim Cudney May 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I love Cream Wild Indigo too! There are many of these plants in bloom this week at the Dixie Briggs Fromm Preserve in Dundee Township. There was a guided tour this past Sunday (5-22-11) and I have put some photos on a Facebook page here:


  2. Sue May 25, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    WOW!!! Thank you so much for the great pictures. I visited my Mom who is now 88 last week end and missed the walk. The pictures are terrific. We will have more at Algonquin’s Conservation Day on June 17. I will add this link to the Township web page at

  3. PatHill May 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    I just love it when this blog becomes interactive. Let’s keep it going.

  4. June Keibler May 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Just beautiful, Pat. There are about 40 cream wild indigo blooming at Snuffy’s Prairie now, too. June

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