Blue False Indigo
Full sun, Partial sun
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||bap-TIS-ee-uh aw-STRAL-iss|
|Lore||Native Americans used this as a dye plant for blue coloring even though it was vastly inferior to the indigo of the tropics and trade.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate grower to 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Design Ideas||A big bushy plant to flesh out sparse border with rich blue flowers. Combines well with most American native species and blends well with grasses for meadow gardens. Grow as a cut flower. Particularly good massed for a large sea of delicious cool blue.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Water Garden, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Forsythia (Forsythia); Bee Balm (Monarda); Lilac (Syringa); Eastern Snowball, (Viburnum); Salvia (Salvia)|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9