Close up of baptisia australis (false indigo) in quart size containers.
Baptisia australis (false indigo) growing in landscape plug containers.
Baptisia australis (False Indigo) seed pods.

Baptisia australis (False Indigo)

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Baptisia australis, commonly called false blue indigo, is a native perennial wildflower that produces showy blue-purple pea-like flowers on upright stalks above the foliage in the late spring and early summer; flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. False indigo can grow to three to five feet tall, occasionally spreading to three feet wide, and prefers clay-heavy soils and full sun.

In the late summer, flowers give way to persistent, attractive, dark seed pods which last through the fall and winter, and which attractive as a late food source for birds. Once established, Baptisia australis is drought tolerant and tolerates alkaline soils.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Clay and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Winter Interest, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Clay Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Pollinator Garden, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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