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Baptisia ‘Solar Flare' PP20408

Prairieblues™ Solar Flare False Indigo

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Solar Flare False Indigo is an upright native perennial with heavy blooms and longer raceme.  The buds start a lemon yellow and transition to shades of rusty orange flowers extend above the mound of clover-like blue-green foliage in late spring. This transition starts at the bottom of the raceme, making all three tones possible on one plant.  The blooms give way to large seedpods that blacken when ripe, providing ornamental interest.  Grows best with acidic well-drained soils.  Its abundant flowers are excellent pollination and butterfly attractors.  Drought tolerant once established.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3’ - 4’

Spread: 

3’ - 4.5’

Spacing: 

4’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9 

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Yellow/Orange

Season of Interest: 

Spring

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:   Low maintenance plant. Prefers acidic soils but can grow in neutral or alkaline soils.  Can take poor or rocky soils and is drought tolerant but soils must drain well. 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:  Peony, Cranesbill, Lady’s-mantle


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