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false indigo

any of several North American shrubs belonging to the genus Amorpha, of the legume family, especially A. fruticosa, having compound leaves with pinnate leaflets and long, dense clusters of purplish flowers.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Baptisia, of the legume family, native to North America, as B. australis, having trifoliate leaves and long clusters of purplish-blue flowers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the spring, white false indigo and wild indigo are stately, and a large population of prairie dandelion can be found here.
  • Drying stems of blue star, false indigo, herbaceous smilax and wild yam can be painted gold for fall.

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