Baptisia × variicolor Twilite Prairieblues™

Baptisia  × v ariicolor Twilite Prairieblues™

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Stephanie Cohen
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(Baptisia  × v ariicolor Twilite Prairieblues™)
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Genus:  Baptisia
This amazing baptisia is a cross between B. australis , the most common blue variety, and B. sphaerocarpa , a plant with yellow bloomer. The result is pea-like violet-purple flowers with dramatic yellow keels. It is long-lived, tough, and drought resistant, but it may take three or four gardening seasons to establish itself. Twilite Prairieblues™ blooms in late spring or early summer, When not in bloom, the plant remains attractive because of the lovely blue-green color of its trifoliate leaves, especially in spring. This plant is tall and will look good at the back of a border. -Stephanie Cohen, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Unique bicolor flowers on a long-lived, tough plant with attractive foliage. Fixes nitrogen in the soil, like other members of the legume family.
Care:  Provide full sun and most any well-drained soil. Baptisias have an easy-to-snap taproot and resent being transplanted. Decide carefully where to put this plant, and leave it alone for at least four to five years. If you do transplant it, treat it like a shrub and move it with the soil intact in a large root-ball. The plant can be cut back after flowering to encourage a flush of new blue-green growth. You will lose the ornamental black seedpods, however, which persist into fall. Alternatively, wait until after the first hard frost to cut back.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring
Flower Color
Niagara,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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