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Baptisia australis Baptisia australis

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Baptisia australis

Quick Overview

  • Showy Indigo-Blue Flowers,
  • Bushy Upright Habit,
  • Great for Back of Gardens,
Common Name:False Indigo
Plant Type:Perennial
Brand:American Beauties Native Plants
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 What is my zone?
Height:3 - 4 Feet
Spread:3 - 4 Feet
Exposure:Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Nature Attractions:Bee-Friendly, Butterflies
Critter Resistance:Deer
Flower Color:Blue Shades

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Baptisia australis - 5" Pot
(Ships in Spring)
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(False Indigo) Baptisia australis features a bushy, upright habit which makes it an excellent design choice for the back of the landscape. The attractive blue-green foliage is nicely complemented with indigo-blue flowers scattered on long stems. Baptisia australis is one of the earliest perennials to emerge in the Spring, growing up to 4 feet tall and wide. Plant is hardy for zones 3 to 9. The flowers also deter deer, attract butterflies and make lovely cut flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade for best results. Once established, Baptisia australis is moderately drought tolerant. A spectacular native plant when mature!
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Baptisia australis

Common Name False Indigo
USDA Hardiness Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Perennial
Brand American Beauties Native Plants
Sun Exposure Full Sun (+6 hrs.), Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Soil Moisture Needs Moderate
Soil Type Clay
Nature Attractions Bee-Friendly, Butterflies
Critter Resistance Deer
Flower Color Blue Shades
Attributes Cut Flower or Foliage, Deciduous, Dried Flower, Native
Design Use Border, Specimen
Season of Interest (Flowering) Late Spring or Early Summer
Rod's Pick

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.

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Customer Reviews

Nice Focal Point Review by Holly | Zone: 4
Very easy to grow. Takes a couple of years to mature. Grows into a neat rounded bushy plant, but each stem is separate. The stems come up similar to Hosta, tubular like, but grow tall. The flower is sort of Lupine like, but the plant is taller and rounder. They keep blooming for a while and then make nice pods. They will self-sow, but in a good way, not invasive in my area. I have it in the back of my garden, but I have seen some in front and they make a nice focal point. (Posted on 2/18/2009)
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