Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
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Baptisia australis, commonly called Blue False Indigo, is a 3-4' tall perennial shrub featuring indigo-blue lupine-like flowers with soft blue-green foliage in late spring or early summer (May-June). It can take seeds 2-3 years to fully establish and flower. Mature seedpods in the flowers turn black and are often used in cut flower arrangements or as an ornamental interest. It attracts pollinators and tolerates rabbit, drought, erosion, shallow-rocky soil, clay, and poor soil.
Plant in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Blue False Indigos' clumps will slowly expand and establish roots. After flowers have bloomed, maintain the foliage by trimming. However, this can eliminate the devolping seed pods. Staking may be required for tall plants or if grown in partial shade.
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