Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Pronunciation: bap-TIS-ee-uh aw-STRAL-iss
SKU #00219
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OVERVIEW
Description Short spikes of indigo-blue, pea-like flowers cover dense, blue green foliage. This showy, long-lived, bushy perennial is excellent for massing or at the back of the border. Attractive seed pods in early summer follow the flowers. Great cut flower.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Drought tolerant once established
Blooms Late spring to early summer
Mature Size Moderate grower to 4 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Attracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Problems/Solutions Deer Resistant
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border
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 Color Blue
Foliage Color Blue-green
Companion Plants Forsythia (Forsythia); Bee Balm (Monarda); Lilac (Syringa); Eastern Snowball, (Viburnum); Salvia (Salvia)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
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.

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