Baptisia Australis Plant. A native north american wildflower, false indigo is an excellent choice for sunny gardens all over the continent. It forms tall clumps which are especially attractive planted next to wooden fences.
I purchased this plant from the historic gardens of america's original plantsman, john bartram, in philadelphia. The rhs award of garden merit (agm) helps gardeners choose the best plants for their garden. For 2010 this is baptisia australis, or blue false indigo.
Baptisia australis is a perennial growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a slow rate.
False indigo, blue wild indigo baptisia australis is native to texas and other states. Its native habitat is woodland borders and open. It forms tall clumps which are especially attractive planted next to wooden fences.
Baptisia australis or “false indigo” is native to north america from the hudson bay in canada to the gulf of mexico in texas.
Plant it in full sun to part shade but in the shade tends to get leggy and droop over. Easily grown in average or even poor soil and in part shade, baptisia australis prefers full sun and is quite drought tolerant. On aug 3, 2006, suebq from lansdowne, pa wrote:
Baptisia australis, commonly known as blue wild indigo or blue false indigo, is a flowering plant in the family fabaceae (legumes).
A native north american wildflower, false indigo is an excellent choice for sunny gardens all over the continent. The name is derived from greek baptisis, which means to dip or immerse. The plant has never tried to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes so the moniker “false indigo” seems somewhat unfair.
They last for about three weeks and attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
In early summer plants are topped with tall spires of large, blue pea flowers like those of a rather large lupin. It is hardy to uk zone 5. The bright, indigo blue flowers are attractive when combined with yellow or white flowering perennials.
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For 2010 this is baptisia australis, or blue false indigo. True indigo was extremely expensive and baptisia australis made a passably good substitute—and it grew like a weed. Tough and durable, baptisia australis (false indigo) is an upright perennial with a long season of interest.