|COMMON NAME||False Indigo|
|BOTANICAL NAME *||Baptisia australis|
|SIZE||3-4’ HT, 3-4’ SP , Perennial|
|FOLIAGE||Medium green all season. Bright yellow in the fall. Soft texture.|
|FLOWER||Upright, purplish-blue, narrow panicles usually over 12” in length, appearing above the foliage. Quite showy. Seem to last for weeks. Attracts butterflies.
Optional Shearing – After flowers are spent, can shear to create effect of nicely rounded shrub.
|FRUIT||Showy if allowed to develop, and will persist all winter. Inflated seed pods about 2” in length, blackening with age. Seeds will rattle when ripe.|
|GROWING CONDITIONS||Full Sun to Part Shade. Prefers Dry to Medium, well-drained soil…though it can tolerate some wet. This plant is frequently specified for Rain Gardens. In the wild, sometimes found in colonies along streambanks.|
|NOTES||Deer and Rabbit Resistant.
Other varieties worth noting: Baptisia alba – White flowers on dark, almost black stems Baptisia x ‘Solar Flare’ – flowers open lemon yellow, turning soft orange. Dark stems.