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Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis
Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis

Common name: Blue false indigo; Blue wild indigo

Baptisia is a member of the legume family, hence its flowers and leaves remind one of peas. Some gardeners would describe it as a giant lupine, with attractive long-lasting foliage.

It produces large seedpods that can be used as a natural rattle for babies to play with.

The plant takes a couple of years to establish before it turns into the spectacular plant that it is destined to be. Once established it is difficult to move because it has a long tap root.

Ideal conditions: full sun to some shade; well drained soil; can be kept on the dry side; drought tolerant

Ideas and companions:


Flowers: 150 cm (3-4') in height; pea-like, on tall spikes; indigo blue in colour; May to June

Foliage: 90-120 cm (3-4'); blue-green in colour

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: from bloom-time to frost, as it is a nice shrub-like plant with attractive foliage and has interesting seed pods

Native to: Ontario and central and eastern USA