Baptisia australis

This is an excellent spring plant. It takes a couple of years for Baptisia australis to get established, but once it does it is an excellent garden performer. This plant was named the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.

(False Indigo) Baptisia australis features a bushy, upright habit which makes it an excellent choice for the back of the landscape. The attractive blue-green foliage is nicely complemented with indigo-blue pea-like flowers on long terminals. Baptisia australis is one of the earliest perennials to emerge in the Spring. The flowers also attract butterflies and make good cut flowers. A spectacular native plant when mature!

Baptisia performs best in full sun, though it can tolerate shaded areas of the garden. Plants will require staking if grown in too much shade. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soils that are well-drained in nature. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant. This perennial may take a couple of years to become established, but it is a very long-lived perennial once established. Propagation is by seed. Dividing this perennial is not recommended because of it’s taproot.

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