Indigo, Blue False


 Description: Blue false indigo is an upright perennial which typically grows 3-4' tall. It features purple, lupine-like flowers in erect racemes atop flower spikes extending well above a foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves. Blooms in spring. Flowers give way to inflated seed pods (to 2.5" long) which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest.

Common Name: Blue False Indigo

Scientific Name: Baptisia Australis

Type: Perennial

Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade

Size: 3-4" height, 2-3" spread

Bloom Color: Purple

Bloom Period: May - June

Landscape Use: Containers, Planters, Foundation, Garden, Landscape Beds, Mass Plantings, Outdoor Living Areas, Perennial Garden, Small Groups, Woodland Border

Soil: Tolerates Clay & Dry Soils

Zone: 3 - 9

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Lady in Red Hydrangea, Forsythia, Lilac, Snowball Viburnum

Maintenance: Cut back to 6" in the Fall & remove the dead foliage in Spring. May need staking to maintain it's form. Dead head after blooming



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