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Baptisia australis - Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis

False Indigo

Blue False Indigo, also known as Redneck Lupine, has blue pea-like flowers and glaucous trifoliate leaves.  Asparagus-like buds emerge from the ground in early spring and grow to form a dense bushy long-lived perennial.  Baptisia australis blooms in May and June and is frequented by bees and butterflies.  After flowering deep purple seed pods develop adding interest and sound to the garden.  All Baptisia have deep tap roots and spend the first year or two developing them so site them carefully and expect the real flower show in the third year.  Also Baptisias are very roadside salt and dry site tolerant. 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year.

PRN Preferred:  Easy to grow and does not grow too big.

Height

40 Inches

Spread

36 Inches

Bloom Color

Blue

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
188 Baptisia australis #1 (NATIVE-blue) 1,000 early April
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Native
Native - Straight Species
Rain Garden Plants
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Sandy
Bloom Time
Spring
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Special Recognition
Perennial Plant of the Year
Pleasant Run Nursery Preferred Selection
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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