Baptisia australis

blue wild indigo

Deciduous, Herbaceous Perennial

False indigo is a great perennial sub-shrub for difficult conditions in dry, unimproved soil. Decorated with pea-shaped blooms in spring; the most common bloom color is blue, but some newer varieties, such as Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite Prairieblues', are delivering some more subtle bloom colors.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 36 - 48 tall x 36 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise

Foliage Color: Blue, Green

Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Season: Jun, Jul, Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Hell Strip, Mixed Border
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Late Spring / Early Summer
Collections: Great Plant Pick, PPA Plant of the Year

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos

  • Plant Combo for a Hot Spot

    Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
    Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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