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Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo

Blue false indigo is a prairie legume. Legumes are dry fruits with two valves, characteristic of the Fabaceae plant family. Blue false indigo flowers from April to June.

The wild turkey and bobwhite quail eat the seeds from this plant, however not many other species of wildlife consume the seeds.

Blue false indigo can be toxic to livestock, and is generally unpalatable to cattle and eaten only in the absence of other forage.

Blue false indigo is prominent in the eastern portions of the United States, extending to the central to eastern portions of the Great Plains.

Several species of butterflies use the Blue False Indigo as a larval host, which aids in reproduction. Native Americans used the fruits for rattles and obtained a dye from the plants.