Baptisia autralis

Baptisia autralis

SKU: BAPAU
$20.00Price

Baptisia australis, commonly called blue false indigo, is an upright perennial that features purple, lupine-like flowers that bloom in spring. Flowers give way to inflated seed pods which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once popularly used by children as rattles. Stems with seed pods are valued additions to dried flower arrangements.

 

Care:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants develop slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. May be grown from seed, but takes several years to establish. Plants take on more of a shrubby appearance and tend to open up after bloom. Trimming or shearing foliage after bloom helps maintain rounded plant appearance and obviates a possible need for staking, but eliminates the developing seed pods which are so attractive.

 

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Fabaceae

Zone: 3 to 9

Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Description: Indigo blue

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy

Attracts: Butterflies

Fruit: Showy

Tolerate: Rabbit, Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

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