blue false indigo

Baptisia australis

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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blue false indigo (Baptisia australis)
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Genus:  Baptisia
False blue indigo's spikes of clear blue flowers in late spring can nearly carry a border by themselves. They also make great cut flowers. Large, inflated nearly black seed pods set in after flowering, giving this plant another interesting element. It is low maintenance and will look great in any natural or informal setting.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  U.S. native.
Care:  Baptisia prefers open, porous, well-drained, even sandy, soil. To keep it in a more mounded form after flowering, you can shear or prune Baptisia into a low rounded form. It tends to get big and floppy during flowering. It will self-seed.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Divide in early spring.
Problems:  Seeds can be eaten by weevils. Occassional fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew and rust occur. Overall this plant has few problems.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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