Baptisia australis (FALSE BLUE INDIGO) *
bloom Jun-Jul | height 4’ | full to part-sun
In the pea family (Fabaceae), this species is one of our favorites with its dusty blue-green foliage, spire of cupped blue flowers and dark seed pods that if shaken rattle like little maracas. Use Baptisia like you would a small/medium sized shrub or mix it in with other wildflower and grass species. If you have a larger garden area, naturalize the placement by grouping several together and letting one or two jump off from the group. Save your seeds in fall and experiment with scarification and cold/moist stratification to grow new plants.
Baptisia has a substantial fibrous root system which makes it difficult to transplant, but awesome to withstand drought.
Suitable for wet areas.
Plants that grow well with Baptisia: Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Monarda fistulosa (bee balm)
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