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Baptisia australis (blue false indigo, Plains false indigo)

Baptisia australis Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Baptisia australis bap-TEE-zsah oss-TRAL-iss Common Name: blue false indigo, Plains false indigo 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.
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
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
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
Type Perennials

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