wild indigo

noun

: baptisia
especially : one (Baptisia tinctoria) of eastern North America with bright yellow flowers and small trifoliolate leaves

Examples of wild indigo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Baisden says perennials such as yarrow (Achillea millefolium), wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) and fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) are survivors even in parching sun. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 Throughout, there are large groupings of wild indigo, feathery amsonia hubrichtii, gray-green nepeta, pink echinacea, lavender, and amethyst allium millenium, as well as showy foxtail lilies, 4-foot-tall dahlias, verbascum, hollyhocks, and cosmos leading up to the house. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, 14 Aug. 2020 By planting wild indigo, gray birch, and switchgrass, his goal was to take a chunk of the Catskills and put it on his roof. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 Leanna Wetmore, manager of neighborhood programs for the city’s Waterfront Partnership, encourages visitors to focus on the beautiful colors and textures of plants, such as the native iris and wild indigo, rather than just expecting showy blooms. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Jennifer Johnson, wild indigo associate at Audubon Great Lakes, shared with Mrvan how Wild Indigo Nature Explorations, a community engagement program, is connecting Gary residents to their local natural spaces. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 19 Aug. 2021 But lately, it's been popping up in newspaper articles and even inspiring new skin-care lines — like Loum, based on the ingredient neurophroline derived from wild indigo, which the brand claims reduces cortisol levels in the skin. Beth Shapouri, Allure, 16 June 2021 The brand spent years researching the botanical actives—among them Neurophroline, a wild indigo extract that activates the release of a calming neuropeptide—that would work best in tandem to counteract the skin’s stress response. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2021 Persian silk tree bark extract helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, palmitoyl glycine helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wild indigo extract helps brighten my undereyes, leaving behind a luminous skin-like finish. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 21 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wild indigo was in 1744

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“Wild indigo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20indigo. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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