Baptisia australis

Blue False Indigo

$19.12 | 1 G | 33 Avail. | $19.12

1 G Weight: 25.0 lb



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Blue False Indigo is an upright perennial native with small blue-purple flowers that cover the foot-long raceme that extends above the mound of clover-like blue-green foliage in spring.  The blooms give way to large seedpods that blacken when ripe, providing ornamental interest.  Flowers best in full sun with acidic well-drained soils.  Drought tolerant once established.

Baptisias are excellent host plants that support several different butterfly species, including Frosted Elfin, Eastern Tailed Blue, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Clouded Sulfur, and Orange Sulfur Butterflies.  The foliage is mildly toxic to mammals if ingested.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3’ - 4’

Spread: 

3’ - 4’

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9 

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

Spring

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance plant.  Gains a more shrub-like appearance after established if not pruned. Plants may grow taller in shade, which may require staking.  If need to trim back do so after bloom.  

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized AreasNative Gardens, Foundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Purple ConeflowerAutumn GoldenrodButterfly Weed

Image: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT0 Baptisia australis (Y)CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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