• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often, once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower, 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise
    Blooms:
    Late spring to early summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:bap-TIS-ee-uh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower, 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Late spring to early summer.
    Flower color:Violet-blue
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often, once established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This selection emerged from a cross of Baptisia [[tinctoria x alba] x open-pollinated, probably australis] developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
    Lore:
    This cultivar boasts extremely long inflorescences bearing deep blue-violet flowers. The plant has two intermingling bloom cycles within its blooming season. The first cycle produces long primary inflorescences up to 24" long. The second cycle produces blooms on secondary branches with inflorescences up to 5" long. Having two consecutive bloom cycles helps this plant stay in bloom for nearly the entire month of June -- a good seven to ten days longer than most other Baptisia.