The genus name Baptisia is derived from the Greek báptisis, which means ‘immersion‘, and baptízein, báptein, which translates as ’to immerse, baptise, soak, dye‘. Tinctórius means ’of dyeing’, from the Latin tingere for ‘to dye‘. These names all refer to the indigo-like (blue) pigment obtained from the leaves.
The short root
stock is almost woody. The exterior is grey-brown; the interior is
yellowish and filled with numerous light coloured fibres. The very
branchy, yellow-green, finely-grooved stalk grows up to 1 metre high
and is covered with triplets of blue-green, alternate, short-stemmed
leaves and small, thorny secondary leaflets. The terminal, yellow
papillionaceous flowers form loose clusters. The fruit is a 2cm to 3cm
long, greatly distended, blue-black pod with a leathery shell and
almost kidney-shaped, knobbly seeds.The Wild Indigo flowers from July to August.
The Wild Indigo is native to southern Canada and
the eastern and north-eastern United States. It is frequently found on
dry, sandy to clayey soils and sparse deciduous and conifer forests,
deforested areas and roadsides. Cultivations in Central Europe thrive.
A.Vogel/Bioforce uses a
homoeopathic mother tincture produced in accordance with the current
Homöopathisches Arzneibuch (HAB) (New Official German Homoeopathic
Pharmacopoeia) from the fresh, underground parts of the plant.
Potentisation of the dilutions is carried out manually.Tinctures
and extracts are also produced from the root. In Canada and the United
States, the young shoots are eaten like asparagus.