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Featured Plants - Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo - Photo by Debbie Ricigliano

Baptisia australis

Baptisa australis was 2010 Perennial of the Year, a well-deserved distinction for a native plant that provides interest for multiple seasons throughout the year. This deer-resistant beauty is drought tolerant, adaptable to soil conditions, and low maintenance once established.  It likes full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil, growing 3-4 feet tall and wide. Give baptisia ample space as it can have a shrub-like presence and form the bones of a perennial garden. It blooms May-June for about 6 weeks, producing indigo-blue pea-like flowers that project above the foliage on tapering spikes, followed by ornamental seedpods.  Flowers and seedpods can be used in floral arrangements. The blue-green foliage remains attractive all season until frost making this a perennial for your “must have” list. 
May 2013


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